Within the fall of 1997, public specialists in Chautauqua County, manhattan, have been granted an exception to the state's HIV confidentiality law-and published Nushawn Williams's identify and imagine to the click, deeming him a "public well-being threat," the resource of a "near epidemic" of HIV transmission. Williams, who's HIV-positive, had had unprotected intercourse with numerous younger women and ladies and contaminated at the very least 9 of them.

In infamous H.I.V. Thomas Shevory kinds throughout the resulting media panic and criminal imbroglio to inform the tale in the back of the Nushawn Williams case. via media stories, felony files, and interviews with a number of the participants-including Williams, who finally pled in charge to reckless endangerment and statutory rape fees and is at the moment serving time in a greatest safeguard criminal in New York-Shevory exposes the numerous exaggerations, misunderstandings, and distortions that riddled the Williams case from the beginning. He contends that Williams's portrayal as an "AIDS monster" served political reasons; in particular, representations of Williams helped to foster the passage of HIV-transmission statutes, leading to criminalizing a public ailment in a nearly remarkable fashion.

Notorious H.I.V. additionally lines the influence of such high-profile situations on groups. Shevory offers a nuanced portrait of the difficult monetary and cultural realities of Jamestown, big apple, and, drawing on Williams's narratives, of the lifetime of a lower-level drug broker in a small upstate urban. His paintings indicates how media insurance robs contributors like Williams in their humanity, making a pervasive surroundings of hazard that warps the integrity and equity of the felony justice and penalsystem.

Thomas Shevory is professor of politics at Ithaca university. His prior books comprise John Marshall's legislation: Interpretation, Ideology, and curiosity and Body/Politics: experiences in replica, construction, and Reconstruction.

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