Risky Rhetoric
AIDS and the Cultural Practices of HIV Testing


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Risky Rhetoric
AIDS and the Cultural Practices of HIV Testing

by J.Blake Scott (Author)



ISBN: 9780809324941


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This is a study of the rhetoric inherent in and surrounding HIV testing. The author explains how faulty arguments about testing's power and effects have promoted unresponsive and even dangerous testing practices for so-called normal subjects as well as those deemed risky.

These arguments have also created a perception that testing is a magic bullet. By overestimating the benefits of HIV testing and overlooking its contingencies and harmful effects, dominant arguments about testing have enabled a shortsighted public health response to HIV and unresponsive testing policies. Risky Rhetoric: AIDS and the Cultural Practices of HIV Testing is to offer strategies to policymakers, HIV educators and test counselors, and other rhetors for developing more responsive and egalitarian testing-related rhetorics and practices.


ISBN 809324946
ISBN13 9780809324941
Publisher Southern Illinois University Press
Format Hardback
Publication date 28/02/2003
Pages 320
Weight (grammes) 535
Published in United States
Height (mm) 229
Width (mm) 152