Deep Dish - “Viral bodies, Viral Politics and Undetectability: the Criminalization of HIV”

Thursday, February 18, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Scottie Bradford
McClelland Park Building, Room 402

In over half the states in the United States it is a felony offense for an HIV-positive individual to have sex with an HIV-negative partner in the absence of pre-disclosure of their HIV status-- regardless of whether HIV-transmission occurs. This talk problematizes the rhetoric surrounding undetectability both in the sense of one holding an undetectable viral load (thereby limiting the ability of the virus to spread) and undetectable in the sense of evasion, secrecy and presumed intention to harm.

Scottie Bradford is a PhD Student in the University of Arizona’s Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. His present work focuses on the criminal legal system/prison industrial complex, queer theory and HIV/AIDS studies.