New assistant professor to discuss women living with HIV

October 27, 2014 | Events, Research, UToday, — Languages, Literature and Social Sciences
By Samantha Watson

Dr. Allyson Day, UT assistant professor of disability studies, will discuss her field research of women living with HIV in Ohio Monday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. in Libbey Hall.

Her discussion, “Sexuality, Disability and Disease: Fetishizing HIV Origin Stories,” will consider how these women use stories to make sense of their experiences.

Many of the women in her research had to face medical discrimination due to their diagnoses. Day’s talk will touch on the medical injustices for those with stigmatized illnesses such as HIV.

Day also will discuss one of her first courses, Disability and Sexuality, which she will teach in the spring. The course explores how people with disabilities experience sexuality — including barriers to their experiences, how they resist stereotypes of asexuality, and how medications play a role.

Day also will teach a course on Disability in the United States in the spring.

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