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‘Facing it Together’: Early Caregiving Responses to Vancouver's HIV/AIDS Epidemic (2021)


This article utilises oral history interviews with long-term survivors and caregivers in Vancouver, British Columbia to foreground the importance of gay men's early HIV/AIDS caregiving work. Caregiving was essential to the health and resilience of Vancouver's gay community and served as a political response to homophobic discourses that demonised gay men and devalued the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. This analysis of the practical and political significance of HIV/AIDS caregiving demonstrates that historians must find better ways to recover the often-untold histories of men's caregiving and domesticity and appreciate their significance to the success of social movements.

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Authors & Contributors
McKay, Richard A.
Elizabeth, Hannah J
Aliete Cunha-Oliveira
Padamsee, Tasleem J.
Pienaar, Kinar
Whiteside, Alan
Medical History
Social History of Medicine
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Journal of Social Issues
Health and History
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
The University of North Carolina Press
Yale University Press
University of Chicago Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV)
AIDS (disease); HIV / AIDS
Public health
Disease and diseases
Infectious diseases
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
South Africa
United States
United Kingdom
Democratic Republic of the Congo

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