In this essay, the author describes his dissatisfaction with public health campaigns aimed at mitigating the AIDS crisis, since they frame people like him as scary risks from which others must be protected. He also discusses the impact of pre-exposure prophylaxis, which he is ambivalent about in some ways.
Alexander McClelland is a critical criminology assistant professor at Carleton University’s Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice. His work focuses on the intersections of life, law, and disease. He has developed collaborative and interdisciplinary writing, academic, activist, and artistic projects to address issues of criminalization, sexual autonomy, surveillance, drug liberation, and the construction of knowledge on HIV. Portions of McClelland’s chapter first appeared in Maisonneuve