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PARKER, Richard. Unintended consequences: evaluating the impact of HIV and AIDS on sexuality research and policy debates. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2009, vol.25, suppl.2, pp.s251-s258. ISSN 0102-311X.

The HIV epidemic has had a profound impact on how we think about, talk about, and carry out research on sexuality. The epidemic opened up a wide range of approaches and methodologies within sexuality research, helping to encourage more open public discussion and debate concerning sexuality, sexual values, and sexual norms. Sexuality became one of the key contested spaces of public discourse in a previously unimaginable way, and both conservative and progressive forces have entered the debate in ways that have had a lasting impact on sexual policies in the last two decades. The current article seeks to briefly evaluate some of these important changes. It suggests that recent advances have decelerated or become more timid, while emphasizing the continued importance of seeking to address sexuality as a central issue within the context of HIV and AIDS. Although such developments may have been unintended, the ways we respond to the epidemic can have a significant impact (for better or worse) on how issues related to sexuality and sexual health are addressed.

Keywords : HIV; Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Sexuality; Public Policy.

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