Men at Risk: Masculinity, Heterosexuality and HIV Prevention

Newly published Men at Risk—Masculinity, Heterosexuality and HIV Prevention from UCSF School of Nursing Professor and Associate Dean Shari Dworkin, PhD, MS, was featured with NYU Press in December. The book takes a close look at what Dworkin refers to as the “costs of masculinity” and how theses shape men’s HIV risks, including their initiation of sex and their increased status from sex with multiple partners. The main premise of Dworkin’s investigation is that “the centrality of heterosexual relationship dynamics to the transmission of HIV means that both women and men need to be taken into account in gender-specific HIV/AIDS prevention interventions,” according to the book’s summary on NYU Press.

The book’s research and findings reveal striking and important implications for HIV prevention. Dworkin examines the gaps in public health knowledge that result in substandard treatment for HIV transmission and infection among heterosexual men both domestically and globally. She makes recommendations “for the next generation of gender-transformative health interventions” by making the case for masculinities-based and structurally driven HIV prevention methods. The NYU Press affirms Dworkin’s work is “thoroughly researched and theoretically grounded” and “presents a unique approach to HIV prevention at the intersection of sociological and public health research.”

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