Infected Deviants: Reading Epidemiology as Bio-power in Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) Research


  • Elizabeth Manning


This paper examines the implications of the study of disease as a form of controlling and regulating people. Using a genderqueer analysis, unacceptable kinds of sex practices, sexual relationships, and sexual risks are explored. I also expose how discourses of harm elimination, quarantine, and celibacy are deployed within the Canadian Guidelines on Sexually Transmitted Infections' (2008) epidemiology section on MSM. Finally, I explore the implications of AIDSphobia, heterosexism, racism, colonialism, and classism on MSM in sexual health clinical practice and epidemiology. Key Words: Risk assessment, sexual health, Canadian Guidelines on Sexually Transmitted Infections, STIs, HIV, men who have sex with men, bio-power, discourse analysis, unsafe sex practices, sexual minorities, epidemiology. Cet article examine les implications de 1'6tude des maladies comme une forme de contrde et de reglementation des gens. Selon une analyse androgyne (genderqueer), j'explore les sortes de pratiques sexuelles, de relations sexuelles et de risques sexuels inacceptableS. J'expose aussi comment les discours d'elimination des dangers, de mise en quarantaine et du cClibat sont dCploy6s la section 6pid6miologique des HARSAH des Lignes directrices sur les infections transmissibles sexuellement (2008). J'explore enfin les implications de la phobie contre le SIDA, le sexisme hCt6rosexue1, le colonialisme et la stigmatisation des HARSAH dans les pratiques des cliniques de sant6 sexuelle et d'6pidemiologie.




How to Cite

Manning, E. (2010). Infected Deviants: Reading Epidemiology as Bio-power in Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) Research. Canadian Review of Social Policy Revue Canadienne De Politique Sociale, (63-64). Retrieved from