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Journal of Interdisciplinary Feminist Thought

Disciplines

African American Studies | Cultural History | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Gender and Sexuality | History of Gender | Medicine and Health | Race and Ethnicity | Women's Health | Women's History | Women's Studies

Abstract

Black women’s rates of HIV/AIDS infection have skyrocketed in comparison to other racial and ethnic groups over the past thirty years. Despite these rates, HIV-positive Black women’s perspectives are rarely sought regarding best practices to eradicate and interrupt HIV/AIDS among African American women, even though historically Black women have often proved phenomenal agents of social change. HIV-positive Black women’s activism has been understudied and input from the community in crisis has rarely been deemed as valuable to public health officials in HIV/AIDS prevention and interventions. Through the narratives of thirty HIV-positive Floridian Black women, I present HIV-positive Black women’s political participation around these emerging themes: 1) face-to-face activism 2) activist mothering, and 2) publically coming out as women living with HIV/AIDS.