Master of Arts (MA)



Document Type



This paper will critique the United States' AIDS policy, both domestic and international. I demonstrate how queer theorists have used Jacques Lacan's concepts of "jouissance" and the "unconscious desire" to suggests ways in which the current policy has dangerous implications for real people, for public health, and human rights. I reveal how the problem of rising HIV infection is not due to the lack of availability of safer-sex information, but rather it is a problem of execution: the Religious Right's ideology inscribed in our public health policy. Finally, I wish to expose how people in this country and others are increasingly denied the necessary information and services to prevent HIV transmission. These people are not even given the choice of execution because they are sheltered from the information necessary to make that choice to prevent one's self from HIV/AIDS. I hope to demonstrate how our ultra, socially conservative administration and its constituency preclude effective HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention.



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Committee Chair

Patrick McGee