At a famous incident in the Chilean port city of Valparaíso in 1990, three hundred patrons of a gay nightclub were taken by police armed with submachine guns to a sexually transmitted disease clinic in the middle of the night and forced to take HIV and syphilis tests on the orders of the city’s health authorities. As dawn broke, two were found to be HIV-positive. Augusto Pinochet’s seventeen-year military regime still had one month to go. The raid had been rescheduled from an earlier date when police discovered that the son of a prominent general was in the bar as a patron and decided to avoid problems. When I later interviewed the doctors who had ordered the mass arrests, one said local gays had to realize the importance of “separating these people [with AIDS] from the community.” She remains the director of the local health service there today.
KeywordsIncome Tuberculosis Coherence Malaria Arena
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