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Co-Occurring Disorder: How Stigma and HIV Affect Women

https://soundcloud.com/kyle-esposito-607956293/co-occuring-disorders-stigma-hiv-and-women Bibliography: ACTUP Oral History Project. 2008. MIX – The New York Lesbian and Gay Experimental Film Festival, Inc. http://actuporalhistory.org/interviews/index.html Altman, Lawrence K. 1981. “Rare Cancer Seen In 41 Homosexuals.” The New York Times, July 3, 1981. https://www.nytimes.com/1981/07/03/us/rare-cancer-seen-in-41-homosexuals.html?auth=link-dismiss-google1tap. Aizenman, Nurith. 2019. “How to Demand A Medical Breakthrough: Lessons from the AIDS Fight.” NPR:Weekend Edition Saturday. February 9, 2019. https://www.npr.org/transcripts/689924838 Banzhaf, Marion … [et. al.] “Women, AIDS, and Activism”. The ACT UP/New York Women and AIDS Book Group. South End Press, Boston. 1990. Christensen, Jen. 2016. “AIDS in the ’80s: The Rise of a new civil rights movement.” CNN. June 1,…

Perspective on People

My prior experiences with life tell me that hindsight will inevitably make me question the decisions and actions of the past 8 months, plus everything will appear to have been obvious in said unfortunate, if inevitable hindsight. I expect much will be the same with writing about recent history. The rapid onslaught of news over the past week has been deeply emotional, and will take time to process. The past year will probably take a lifetime to unpack. Part of me has always viewed this as a “trial run” for a larger pandemic. That was before a projected .5 million…

Perspective: Day One

The first day of class feels like a memory from another time. After successfully, if narrowly navigating my way to campus on time, I slipped into the back of class just as things were getting started. Spaced out across the lecture hall, my peers’ masked faces face forward toward the instructor. The first day of class is always unique, but this was its own weird. My peers are not physically approachable. There is a sense of temporariness. While the wide space under such conditions had the potential to feel cold, icebreakers and introductions added some familiarity. The professor’s determination to…

Stigma: A Co-Occurring Disorder of Pandemics

While pursuing the original research question and observations of the Covid-19 Pandemic, research began on prior health pandemics within the United States. With the original goal of achieving broader participation in public health initiatives, research exploring fractured responses in the United States during past disease and drug epidemics uncovered an obvious throughline: the persistence of stigma. Defining stigma here as “the situation of the individual who is disqualified from full social acceptance” (Erving, Goffman. 1963. Stigma. London: Penguin.), research evolved to investigate the following question: How Has Stigma Impacted the United State’s Response to the HIV/AIDS Crisis? The nature of…

Covid-19 Castes

A persistent thread that has been woven through so much of Covid-19 is the variety of experiences across class, geography, age, and occupation. While the overall threat of this virus should be frightening to anyone, particularly due to remaining unknowns, the exposure, nor the risk is universal. This must have been true for past Pandemics, respectful to each society. Unlike any other time in history, we can really get a real-time glimpse of how this has impacted already existing social orders, and how it has exaggerated disparities, inequities, and exposed certain privileges. We were able to see nakedly some of…

The Suburban Timezone

Another Lost Normalcy “Time” itself has become one more contested piece of reality during the Covid-19 Pandemic. After the initial shock-wave of unsettling awareness that broke over my community wore down to a benign status, the meaning of time had became an early casualty. Like so much of the Pandemic, the impact has been so subjective, and challenges are so dependent on economic position and geography. Even in my neighborhood, the divides between employment type or status became so visible. As many of my neighbor’s cars remained in the morning, some hardly changed their routines. Even while my life slammed…

Hello!

Hi, my name is Kyle and I am a transfer Senior and History major. I am very excited to get to know everyone during this very unique semester. I have been adapting myself to this new world in ways both deeply personal, and all too familiar to so many people in the world right now. Exploring this moment with a group of my peers, even though it will be on Zoom, is something that I am incredibly excited to begin. Like so many of us, I have been drowning in information about the pandemic over the past several months. Relentless…