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Infectious Rhythm by Barbara Browning

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Diaspora As Pandemic

 

 

 

 

As I have already said, the statistics—figures—regarding HIV infection are fraught with complications, not merely because they are changing so rapidly, but because they have an uncanny way of slipping into figuration. This means two things: on the one hand, these numbers seem to lift off the page and signify to us something other than literal, living, dying men and women. On the other hand, they are often read too literally—as representing the “reality” of a situation that is in fact much more complex, and implicates many more people. But here they are—the figures provided us by the WHO and the CDC: in 1995, all twenty of the countries worldwide with provisional HIV infection rates topping 3% of the ...

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