Member & HIV-Related Blogs

An AARG blog is in the works. In the meantime, below are some links to blogs that are HIV-related and/or anthropology-related. AARG shares these blogs not out of allegiance to these particular blogs and the views expressed; rather, because blogs are an engaging way to stay abreast of the latest research, share insights, and learn from others involved in similar work.

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A large number of Federal agencies and programs are engaged in HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, treatment, and research efforts in the United States. serves as a gateway for information about those Federal domestic efforts. Since the launch of on December 1, 2006 (World AIDS Day), there has been a growing interest in finding ways to use new media to disseminate information about HIV/AIDS and improve prevention, testing, treatment, and research outcomes. created this blog to address that interest. This blog serves as a forum to foster public discussion on using new media effectively in the response to HIV/AIDS.

HIV/AIDS Blog Central at the
This blog is part of’s overall mission to: 1) Use the Web to lower barriers between patients and clinicians; 2) Demystify HIV/AIDS and its treatment; 3) Improve the quality of life for all people living with HIV/AIDS; and 4) Foster community through human connection.

POZ Blogs
These are the autobiographical stories, rants, raves, mental machinations and poetic waxings of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. The POZ bloggers hail from all corners of the HIV community. They are activists, doctors, leaders, nurses, journalists, rebels, mothers, lovers, poets and storytellers. They share their tales in the hope that you will empathize with, enjoy and follow their lives and musings. Add your comments.

The Wisdom of Whores
Of sex and science. Elizabeth Pisani’s blog about HIV and other sundry things.

Elizabeth is an epidemiologist who has spent over a decade working on the defining epidemic of our age – HIV. She’s done research and worked as an advisor for the Ministries of Health of China, Indonesia, East Timor and the Philippines, and has also provided analysis and policy advice to UNAIDS, the World Health Organisation, the World Bank, US Centres for Disease Control and many others. She is especially interested in trying to ensure that HIV prevention programmes are guided by sensible analysis of high quality information. In a previous existence, Elizabeth was a foreign correspondent for Reuters, The Economist and the Bangkok-based Asia Times, posted in Hong Kong, New Delhi, Jakarta, Hanoi and Brussels. Elizabeth welcomes discussion on the issues raised in this blog and in her book The Wisdom of Whores.

Savage Minds
Notes and Queries in Anthropology — A Group Blog

Savage Minds is a collective web log devoted to both bringing anthropology to a wider audience as well as providing an online forum for discussing the latest developments in the field. We are a group of Ph.D. students and professors teaching and studying anthropology and are excited to share it with you. Savage Minds was founded in 2005 and has been going strong ever since. In 2006 Nature ranked Savage Minds 17th out of the 50 top science blogs across all scientific disciplines. In 2010, American Anthropologist has called Savage Minds “the central online site of the North American anthropological community” whose “value is found in the quality of the posts by the site’s central contributors, a cadre of bright, engaged, young anthropology professors.” The title of our blog comes from Lévi-Strauss’s book Pensée Sauvage. And yes: that is a pansy on the mast head.

Culture Matters. Applying Anthropology
Current and former students and staff of the Department of Anthropology at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, write about the emergent trends in anthropology. In particular we are interested in discussing the ways in which the methods and insights of anthropology are being ‘applied’ in various settings, both within and beyond the academy.

SMA Blog: Voices from Medical Anthropology
This blog aims to be a public and dynamic face for the Society for Medical Anthropology, which is a section within the American Anthropological Association.

Robert Thornton, South African Anthropologist
I am an anthropologist and Professor at Witwatersrand Univ. in Johannesburg South Africa. I will discuss my current work political culure in small town South Afica, my ethnographic work on traditional healers and chiefs, and my book, "Unimagined community: sex, networks and AIDS in Uganda and South Africa. I will post references to current work, published and unpublished, as well as to earlier work.
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