After decades of research on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, there remain critical gaps in understanding how HIV-positive people manage their health through their engagement with social and ecological systems.
This is particularly needed given improvements in the global response to the epidemic, in which expanded access to antiretroviral therapy has extended the possibility for survival for years or decades.
This talk presents findings from an ongoing research project in rural South Africa that integrates qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze the political ecologies of disease. Dr. Brian King argues that because HIV-positive households in the Global
South remain dependent upon a diverse set of resources for livelihood production, managed HIV is experienced through continued inequities in exposure and treatment.
King is an associate professor of geography at The Pennsylvania State University and is the author of States of Disease: Political Environments and Human Health (2017).
King's presentation is sponsored by the Department of Geography and Regional Planning, Public Health, Pan-African Studies, and Gamma Theta Upsilon, an international honor society in geography.
Photo: Cover of a book by Brian King