Autopathography – Giving It Raw: Nearly 30 Years With AIDS

Giving It RawGiving It Raw: Nearly 30 Years With AIDS
By Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco
Publisher: Transgress Press
Published: January 2015
ISBN: 978-1502470003
Genre: Autopathography, Memoir, AIDS
Formats Available For Review: Print (limited quanitities, only available to qualified reviewers/bloggers in the U.S.), Kindle

So much about Giving It Raw: Nearly 30 Years with HIV is raw — the sex, the emotions, the loss — that there are moments you want to move away from the unflinching honesty, close the book, not so you can avoid his frank and deliciously graphic recollections of sexual encounters over the last several decades as a gay positive man, but so you too don’t find yourself remembering the same visceral loss and haunting loneliness, the moment in time where despair and shame and hedonism were the only antidotes to the bodies piling up around us. Shedding that shame, in part becoming the man he is through BDSM, fetishes, and rough trade, is what Ibáñez-Carrasco writes of so eloquently (the title being a clear nod to this past and present), but this is not a book about sex, not a work of erotica. It’s a tragicomic confessional, a history lesson, and an intellectual treatise on sex, love, family, and a virus that’s killing fewer but still too many.

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