Ball, Steven (editor). “The HIV-Negative Gay Man: Developing Strategies for Survival and Emotional Well-Being”, Routledge, 2014.
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We read and hear so much about men who are HIV-Positive that those who have remained HIV-Negative do not seem important. However staying negative is something that we must also have a look at and this book contains some of the most recent information on the market today about remaining HIV-negative as well as a look at the psychosocial and psychosexual needs of HIV-negative gay men. In fact, this is actually a way to stay and maintain a life of meaning in the face of HIV/AIDS.
The HIV-Negative Gay Man goes to the front lines of HIV prevention to help us understand the most beneficial and dependable ways of preserving the value of life and living it to the fullest. These new and updated approaches radically reshape and make more human traditional HIV prevention efforts giving us many individual strategies for survival in a world in which the link between sex and survival has been changed forever. The following topics are discussed here: what peer groups can do when creating and experimenting with new identities and roles, how the HIV-negative gay man’s complex emotional reactions change, when group work needs to be short-term or long-term, why a sex life vocabulary needs to be built and where Latino Men can learn critical thinking about internalized homophobia and transgression survival mechanisms
What we have here is a result of the development of protease inhibitors and new drug therapies in HIV prevention. The road to survival is a long one but a road that can be traveled and enjoyed when and if the right strategies are used. This book, therefore, is a “road map” for survival. We hear and learn from many brave professionals who are currently fighting on the front lines of HIV prevention and coming forward to share their own personal stories of survival.
The contributors point to HIV-negative men who feel guilty about seeing people die and “surviving the epidemic.” This fear, and sometimes obsession, is making some men think that by becoming positive, they will be able to stop worrying and enjoy life more and if we really thing about it we se how unsound this is. This kind of thought can result in the loss of lives. The contributors here state that HIV-negative men need the space to describe their trepidations. Until there is a cure, prevention is the key and counseling these men is a great prevention strategy.
I am not sure that this is book for everyone even though we get some good information. The personal narratives in the beginning are excellent but the what we see is for therapists to talk to other therapists.. It also seems pointed at specific populations.
The authors are mostly from AIDS epicenters like NYC and SF. Most of them worked in AIDS organizations for years, especially in the first decade of the epidemic. At a time, when statistics say a huge number of gay men don’t know they are positive and many don’t know any person with full blown AIDS, the concerns expressed in this book cannot possibly be deemed widespread. Thus, only a certain type of reader would enjoy or relate to this book.