The “Sick Gay”: Being HIV-positive in Iran
The chapter addresses the intersection of sexuality, gender, and bodies in terms of HIV/AIDS, which, during the last decades, has increased in Iran, particularly in Tehran, due to high numbers of IDUs (injecting drug user). It explores how the discourses on HIV/AIDS have evolved within Iran and how those bodies, who live outside of what can be considered culturally intelligible in terms of seropositivity, sexuality, and gender, are constructed. It draws on the Foucauldian analytical framework, as well as Butler’s writings on abjection. The Foucauldian concepts of biopower and biopolitics are employed in order to analyze the various power dynamics at work in relation to sexuality, gender, and HIV/AIDS.
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