oa Alternation - Safe sex or safe love? competing discourses within the context of HIV/AIDS

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



HIV/AIDS discourses have not only been successful in making people aware of HIV as a disease entity but have also opened up new ways of thinking about sex and sexuality (Harrison 2000). Furthermore, in South Africa as well as elsewhere, the pandemic has been the site of continuing struggles in the discourses of gender, sexuality, race and sexual differences. The discussion in this paper draws on data that was produced as part of my doctoral research, which explored young adults' sexual identity constructions within the context of HIV/AIDS (see Reddy 2003). This included an exploration of how young adults explore, define, negotiate and represent their sexual identities.

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