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Jesus Ramirez-Valles

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190276348

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190276348.001.0001

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“I’m Always Meeting the Underdog People”

(p.175) 11 Louis
Queer Aging

Jesus Ramirez-Valles

Oxford University Press

Louis lives in the uncertainty not only of HIV, but also cancer. He has being living with HIV since 1999 (he is now 55 years old) and has learned to manage the infection. However, his liver cancer has returned. When we met, Louis, a medium-height black man, was going through another round of chemotherapy. He looked a little older than 56 and his walk was frail. He grew up in the inner city housing projects and, throughout his life, has had a variety of jobs. At one point, he exchanged sex for money with both men and women. He was married to a woman, with whom he had four children. He now lives a very modest life and is a recovering drug addict.

Keywords:   Black men, cancer, discrimination, HIV/AIDS, homophobia, living with HIV, older gay men, poverty, stigma, substance use

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