Author(s): Dion Kagan
A tidal wave of panic surrounded homosexuality and AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s, during what was commonly termed "The AIDS Crisis." Since the advent of antiretroviral drugs, however, the connotations of HIV/AIDS have changed: having the virus no longer means certain death. But while these life saving drugs mean that gay men can have a potentially healthy, normal life, what do these changes mean for how they and HIV is presented in popular culture? Positive Images is the first examination of the various methods used to portray gay men and HIV in the media over the past two decades. From Queer As Folk to Dallas Buyer's Club and The Normal Heart, Dion Kagan explores film, documentaries, news coverage, and pornography across the English-speaking world and exposes the socio-cultural foundations upon which those twenty years were based. His analyses provide acute insights into the fraught legacy of the AIDS Crisis and its continued impact upon the modern gay consciousness.