Living by the Code of the Condom

  • Cheryl WareEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Oral History book series (PSOH)


This chapter explores how HIV and AIDS impacted gay men’s sex lives across the 1980s and 1990s. Ware offers a compelling examination of the rejection some HIV-positive gay men endured amidst concerns about an impending “antibody apartheid,” narrators’ decisions to abstain from sex after they were diagnosed with HIV, and their struggles to articulate such issues amidst existing understandings that the majority of gay men embraced safe sex. The chapter illuminates the tensions between gay community pressures to adopt safe sex and HIV-positive gay men’s lived experiences of having sex in the time of an epidemic.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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