Men at Risk

9781479806454: Hardback
Release Date: 4th December 2015

9780814720769: Paperback
Release Date: 4th December 2015

9781479896110: PDF
Release Date: 4th December 2015

9781479819683: PDF
Release Date: 4th December 2015

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 240

Series Biopolitics

NYU Press

Men at Risk

Masculinity, Heterosexuality and HIV Prevention

Hardback / £77.00
Paperback / £22.99
PDF / £26.00
PDF / £26.00

Although the first AIDS cases were attributed to men having sex with men, over 70% of HIV infections worldwide are now estimated to occur through sex between women and men. In Men at Risk, Shari L. Dworkin argues that the centrality of heterosexual relationship dynamics to the transmission of HIV means that both women and men need to be taken into account in gender-specific HIV/AIDS prevention interventions. She looks at the “costs of masculinity” that shape men’s HIV risks, such as their initiation of sex and their increased status from sex with multiple partners.

Engaging with the common paradigm in HIV research that portrays only women—and not heterosexually active men—as being “vulnerable” to HIV, Dworkin examines the gaps in public health knowledge that result in substandard treatment for HIV transmission and infection among heterosexual men both domestically and globally. She examines a vast array of structural factors that shape men’s HIV transmission risks and also focuses on a relatively new category of global health programs with men known as “gender-transformative” that seeks to move men in the direction of gender equality in the name of improved health. Dworkin makes suggestions for the next generation of gender-transformative health interventions by calling for masculinities-based and structurally driven HIV prevention programming. Thoroughly researched and theoretically grounded, Men at Risk presents a unique approach to HIV prevention at the intersection of sociological and public health research.

Shari L. Dworkin is Professor in the
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at
the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing. She is the
author or editor of several books, most recently Body Panic: Gender, Health, and the Selling of Fitness and Men at Risk, both with NYU Press.