Matt Thomann, The "disease du jour": HIV, Sexual Subjectivity, and Belonging in Côte d'Ivoire

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Contact person: Rhiannion Graybill

This talk focuses on a United States-funded project aimed at scaling-up HIV testing and treatment among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. I examine how sexual and gender minority activists work within and against metric-based measurements of "MSM reached" central to such US global health programming. HIV peer educators and activists often refer to this work as “making MSM” – that is, they are keenly aware of and creatively respond to the imperative to produce quantitative results from their outreach and prevention efforts. Drawing on eight years of ethnographic research, this talk raises central questions about the impact of the increased inclusion of “key populations” in global health in the fourth decade of the HIV epidemic.