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By Stephanie Kane

What do govt health and wellbeing guidelines, critical American rituals, blue- and white-collar employees, HIV, and the warfare on medications have in universal with mayhem, homicide, and different social evils? AIDS Alibis is a clean, astute - in a notice, hip - research of that commonality.

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George Lewis, also known as Loki, was an outreach worker for the project. He has since died. Loki's memory evokes in me the intense mixture of joy and pain, artfulness and decadence, that characterized my experience of being with folks in and around the southside field station. He was a talented toast-teller. 2 Although we didn't work together regularly, he did line up Jacqui, my first interview. 3 They knocked on his door at two in the morning asking for condoms. The twenty-two-year-old woman and her man worked across the street from Loki's house in the south Sixties of Chicago.

Conspiracy, psychopathology, abuse, and alienation are the usual accompaniments to these kinds of events. Together, criminal cases and the many new laws that impel their prosecution may also be framed as a kind of AIDS prevention, one that operates as a backup to prevention in the public health mode. Chapter 9, "Desperate," addresses the thorny issue of cases in which malice may overshadow necessity among some HIV-positive prostitutes who continue working. The coding of deviant bodies and sexual subjects in the law has a long history of unequal application Page 18 that makes the handling of this issue complex and contradictory, as does the merging of what we usually think of as victim and perpetrator within the same body.

S. 13 Second, I think that the subject of intentional HIV transmission reveals much about the political unconscious of AIDS that cannot be traced to homophobia alone. Moral conundrums raised by questions of crime may lend insight into the ways in which citizens in democratic states seek out the force of law to control fearful aspects of social change. They also offer insight into the ways in which the media Page 17 propel stories into the in boxes on state prosecutors' desks and help inspire the passage of new legislation and more intensive police power.

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