- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Routledge (November 20, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415913888
- ISBN-13: 978-0415913881
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,531,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Latino Gay Men and HIV: Culture, Sexuality, and Risk Behavior
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Over the past 10 years, AIDS educators have consistently had one truth driven home to them: it is impossible to talk about HIV, AIDS, and safe sex without talking about how people live their lives. This is the message that resonates through Rafael M. Diaz's Latino Gay Men and HIV. Diaz, trained as a social worker, is a Professor of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco, and has created a panoramic portrait of the wide range of issues that Latino gay men deal with in making decisions about safe sex. Discussing issues of poverty, class, ethnicity, and gender as well as concepts of "manliness" in Latin culture, Diaz supplies us with some steps that might be taken to help stop the spread of AIDS among Latino men. Perhaps more important, his writing conveys an insightful, nuanced portrait of gay Latino men's lives. Perceptive, intelligent, and sensitively written, Latino Gay Men and HIV is an important addition to AIDS literature and to the growing body of work that examines the diversity of gay life and culture.
"This is a powerful book that reveals much about the Latinos. ..all this is written here provides a better understanding for researcher who is faced with creating strategies that can help to educate the Latino men abour AIDS.."
-"AIDS Book Review Journal, April 1998 No. 44
"Dr. Diaz poignantly shows that it is not ignorance of the guidelines for safer sex that explains why Latino gay-identified men continue to engage in unsafe sex. For the guidelines to be accepted and practiced, they must be more than commands. The author convincingly argues that they must be embodied in an understanding of the subjective meanings of their sexual unions within a culture that is pervasively homophobic and sexist.."
-John P. De Cecco, Center for Research and Education in Sexuality
"In short, "Latino Gay Men and HIV is an intelligent and well-written book--it is a major contribution to the HIV disease prevention literature. Additionally, it adds to the general literature on race, ethnicity, and disease. Any HIV/AIDS researcher, activist, or provider will find this book accessible and useful, and I should add: important!....Diaz has produced an excellent piece of scholarship."
-Alexander Ortega, "Journal of Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
"While "Latino Gay Men and HIV: Culture, Sexuality, and Risk Behavior is obviously written to target Latino gay men, it will benefit any prevention worker or clinician dealing with HIV and cultural issues. Indeed, it is exemplary of what culturally-informed work can be when it moves beyond superficial rhetoric and reaches for the heart of the matter."
"The book is well written, and the arguments offered are passionate andcompelling....The book offers innovative models as well as interventions. It should be read by HIV/AIDS researchers and community activists, regardless of the ethnic group with which they work.."
-Maria Cecilia Zea, George Washington University
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