HIV/AIDS in the Lesbian Community
Keywords:hiv/aids lesbian community
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Women's Studies Honors Theses; 2007
I examined the effects of HIV/AIDS in the lesbian community, a topic rarely addressed in Women’s Studies or the lesbian community. I analyzed how the medical community has responded and addressed this issue with a focus on how women who have sex with women are taught safe sex, prevention, and awareness. I focused on the invisibility of women who have sex with women to the medical community and the efforts made by the lesbian community to gain access to information and treatment. I intended to analyze the risk of woman to woman transmission as well as the common myths associated with transmission and infection of women who have sex with women. I also examined how the lesbian community has responded to HIV/AIDS through activism, education, and outreach, including a history of the lesbian community’s involvement with the initial HIV/AIDS crisis, all critiqued with a feminist perspective.
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