in this context "nonmonogamous" refers to sexual relations, whether or not marriage is involved, with more than one person.
4.
From a biomedical and epidemiologic perspective, the status of AIDS as a sexually transmitted disease is ambiguous. Although sexual transmission accounts for the majority of reported cases, other nonsexual modes of parenteral transmission are also significant. Thus, many public health officials have been reluctant to categorize HIV infection as a sexually transmitted disease. Nevertheless, in the popular perception and in much AIDS education this identification is obvious.
5.
The term "ex-homosexual" may strike some readers as rather odd. Bobys and Laner ( 1979) are referring to men who formerly were exclusively or primarily homosexual in their sexual behavior but who have subsequently become exclusively heterosexual in their sexual behavior.
6.
Strauss et al. ( 1985), describe "sentimental work" within health care as interaction with the patient as a person, including knowledge and sensitivity to the patient's relationships with family members and other loved ones, awareness of fears and anxieties, and so forth.
7.
Some observers of American culture have noted an emphasis on cleanliness, especially evident in frequent hand-washing, bathing, and use of various soaps, detergents, and disinfectants. Certainly, the American belief in the germ theory is obvious in behavior. But none of this behavior has the peculiar qualities of ritual as delineated by Turner ( 1969) or Rappaport ( 1979).

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Berliner H. S. 1975. "A Larger Perspective on the Flexner Report". International Journal of Health Services 5:573-92.

Bobys R. S., and M. R. Laner. 1979. "On the Stability of Stigmatization: The Case of Ex-homosexual Males". Archives of Sexual Behavior 8:247-61.

Boffey P. M. 1988. "Panel on AIDS Urges Growth in Health Care". New York Times, Feb. 25:Y1.

Boorstin R. O. 1987. "AIDS Spread Brings Action in the Courts". New York Times, June 19:Y1.

Brandt A. 1985. No Magic Bullet: A Social History of Venereal Disease in the United States. New York: Oxford University Press.

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Des D. C. Jarlais; S. R. Friedman; and D. Strug. 1986. "AIDS and Needle-sharing within the IV-drug Use Subculture". In Social Dimensions of AIDS: Method and Theory, pp. 111-25. D. A. Feldman and T. M. Johnson, eds. New York: Praeger.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Chapter One - Introduction: Culture and Aids 1
  • Chapter Two - Aids in Cultural, Historic, and Epidemiologic Context 9
  • Notes 23
  • References 24
  • Chapter Three - the Sick Role, Stigma, and Pollution: the Case of Aids 29
  • Notes 42
  • References 43
  • Chapter Four - Assessing Viral, Parasitic, and Sociocultural Cofactors Affecting Hiv-1 Transmission in Rwanda 45
  • Note 51
  • References 51
  • Chapter Five - Aids and the Pathogenesis of Metaphor 55
  • Note 64
  • References 65
  • Chapter Six - Aids and Accusation: Haiti, Haitians, and the Geography of Blame 67
  • Notes 88
  • References 89
  • Chapter Seven - Prostitute Women and the Ideology of Work in London 93
  • Notes 108
  • References 109
  • Chapter Eight Minority Women and Aids: Culture, Race, and Gender 111
  • Notes 128
  • References 131
  • Chapter Nine Language and Aids 137
  • Notes 157
  • References 158
  • Chapter Ten Aids and Obituaries: the Perpetuation of Stigma in the Press 159
  • References 168
  • Chapter Eleven Sex, Politics, and Guilt: A Study of Homophobia and the Aids Phenomenon 169
  • Note 181
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  • Chapter Twelve Increasing the Cost of Living: Class and Exploitation in the Delivery of Social Services to Persons with Aids 183
  • Notes 198
  • References 201
  • Chapter Thirteen Postscript: Anthropology and Aids 205
  • Note 208
  • References 208
  • Index 209
  • ABOUT THE EDITOR AND CONTRIBUTORS 215
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