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Languages of Sex and AIDS in Nepal: Notes on the Social Production of Commensurability

Essay Excerpt

AIDS has been experienced in Nepal mostly as an expected epidemic. When epidemiologists in the late 1980s began warning that South Asia would soon be hit by an exponential increase in the rate of HIV infections, international donors moved to put prevention programs in place. The result in Nepal was a distinctive burst of relatively well-funded, concentrated AIDS awareness programs. The accompanying rise in publicity about AIDS far outstripped any collective, public awareness that anyone in Nepal might actually be suffering from AIDS. The publicity surrounding a few individuals with AIDS did little to challenge a pervasive sense of the remoteness of AIDS from Nepali life(1). This relative invisibility of AIDS as illness in Nepal makes the visibility of organized prevention efforts of the 1990s remarkable. (481)

Pigg, Stacy Leigh. "Languages of Sex and AIDS in Nepal: Notes on the Social Production of Commensurability." Cultural Anthropology 16, no. 4 (2001): 481-541


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