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Regardless of race or ethnicity—places individuals living in these areas at greater risk for exposure to HIV with each sexual encounter,”37 which is simply to say that the HIV epidemic among the poor replicates itself because the fact of greater HIV prevalence makes it harder for any given person to avoid exposure. All of this is true, as far as it goes. The ideological sleight of hand, here, is that while the definition of a generalized epidemic refers to a “general population” separate from the “risk groups,” poor, inner-city heterosexuals are not being described as representatives of this general public.
In so doing, they contextualize the behavioral environment of the urban ghetto as a response to structured domination and violence. And yet, this research provides little resistance to the discourse of social pathology emanating from the CDC as an “explanation” for the racial demographics of the AIDS epidemic. To do so requires a different science of disease epidemic than the one presumed in Wallace’s research. Embodiment, Racism, and Vulnerability to Disease Critical medical anthropologist Merrill Singer offers a different kind of description of the urban ghetto as a context for the AIDS epidemic, one that is irreducible to behavioral pathology.
They have found that the AIDS epidemic largely followed the basic patterns of diffusion connected to underlying urban structure, both in its national organization and in individual urban histories. Considering AIDS diagnoses as a marker for the diffusion of HIV approximately one decade earlier, HIV appears to have emerged in the major port cities of the United States and then “hopscotched” to other cities, diffusing down the urban hierarchy from larger to smaller cities. 19 Deeper analysis of the abstract geographical principles of hierarchical diffusion and spatially contagious diffusion, however, has demonstrated that these basic trends have been refracted through concrete power relations.
Antiblack Racism and the AIDS Epidemic: State Intimacies by Adam M. Geary (auth.)