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HIV Survivors in Sydney

Memories of the Epidemic


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Oral History book series (PSOH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Cheryl Ware
    Pages 1-17
  3. Cheryl Ware
    Pages 41-62
  4. Cheryl Ware
    Pages 87-110
  5. Cheryl Ware
    Pages 111-132
  6. Cheryl Ware
    Pages 133-154
  7. Cheryl Ware
    Pages 155-176
  8. Cheryl Ware
    Pages 177-193
  9. Cheryl Ware
    Pages 195-217
  10. Cheryl Ware
    Pages 219-222
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 223-247

About this book


Inner-city Sydney was the epicenter of gay life in the Southern hemisphere in the 1970s and early 1980s. Gay men moved from across Australasia to find liberation in the city’s vibrant community networks; and when HIV and AIDS devastated those networks, they grieved, suffered, and survived in ways that have often been left out of the historical record. This book excavates the intimate lives and memories of HIV-positive gay men in Sydney, focusing on the critical years between 1982 and 1996, when HIV went from being a terrifying unidentified disease to a chronic condition that could be managed with antiretroviral medication. Using oral histories and archival research, Cheryl Ware offers a sensitive, moving exploration of how HIV-positive gay men navigated issues around disclosure, health, sex, grief, death, and survival. HIV Survivors in Sydney reveals how gay men dealt with the virus both within and outside of support networks, and how they remember these experiences nearly three decades later.  


Gay liberation movement History of HIV and AIDS HIV and AIDS activism Oral history theory Inner-city Sydney HIV and AIDS in Australia LGBT history in Australia HIV and AIDS survivors Sydney's gay community HAART antiretroviral medication trauma life story interviews HIV status disclosure safe sex

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

About the authors

Cheryl Ware is a Research Fellow in the School of Humanities at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title HIV Survivors in Sydney
  • Book Subtitle Memories of the Epidemic
  • Authors Cheryl Ware
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Oral History
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Oral History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-05101-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-05102-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 247
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Oral History
    Australasian History
    Social History
    Gender and Sexuality
    History of Medicine
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