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National Centre in HIV Social Research  

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This is a monthly  update of articles and reports published by our Centre and our project partners in the last month.

For further information about NCHSR and our activities or to download any of our line publications please go to our website.


Released: October 2012

Diversity in School

Peter Aggleton

Despite policies to prevent such practices, bullying, teasing and name-calling still persist in many schools. Such behaviours have their roots in deep-seated stereotypes and prejudices, but they are also influenced by a lack of opportunity for teachers and teacher educators to consider deeply the causes of racism, sexism and homophobia. 

How best can we promote positive attitudes and respect towards gender, sexual and ethnic diversity? And how best can teachers be prepared for their work in today’s every changing society?

A resource, Diversity in School, offers training in gender, sexuality, and ethnic/race relations for teachers. Originally developed in Brazil by the Latin-American Center on Sexuality and Human Rights (CLAM) with support from the Brazilian Ministry of Education, Diversity in School is now available in English.

Peter Aggleton, NCHSR Professor in Education and Health, and Felicity Thomas developed the English-language version of the resource. Click here to download a free copy


Citation: Aggleton, P. & Thomas, F. (2012). Diversity in
School (English language version).
Rio de Janeiro: CEPESC.

Released: October 2012

“No Asians please—not racist, just a preference”

Denton Callander

Lines like this sometimes appear as part of online sex and dating profiles posted by gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. Though some argue that the use of race in this context is part of defining one’s sexual or romantic interests, others have labelled this practice as ‘racist’ and there is a general lack of clarity around what the use of racialised language on sex and dating websites means.

Through an analysis of the sex and dating profiles posted online by gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in Australia, this paper explores the ways race-related language is employed on these online services. Using inductive content analysis, descriptive categories were developed to identify recurrent patters in the racialised language used by the men who visit these websites. A coding framework was constructed to identify the ‘subject’ (self, other or concept) of each piece of race-related content, its ‘purpose’ (marketing, negative or positive discrimination, commentary) and the ‘position’ adopted (defensive, normalised or critical).

Significant differences were found in how men from different racial backgrounds engaged with language using these newly developed categories. This paper reviews these differences in relation to broader discourses of race and whiteness in Australia.


Citation: Callander, D., Holt, M., & Newman, C. (2012). Just a preference: racialised language in the sex-seeking profiles of gay and bisexual men. Culture, Health & Sexuality. Advance online publication.

Released: October 2012

Love and intimacy in hepatitis C transmission

Carla Treloar

The vast majority of new hepatitis C transmissions occur among people who inject drugs, particularly through practices such as sharing of needles, syringes and other injecting equipment. Behavioural surveillance data suggests that the majority of equipment sharing occurs between intimate partners. But despite this, very little research has focussed on intimate partnerships as a site of hepatitis C transmission or prevention. This is in part because people who inject drugs are conventionally represented as lacking capacity for romantic love and intimacy. Therefore, this study aimed to fill existing gaps in the literature about the relationship between romantic love and injecting drug use and to explore injecting drug practices among partners in intimate relationships. The findings have important implications for harm reduction strategies.

This paper is part of preliminary research conducted in advance of a new NHMRC grant. For further details of this grant and our next project, see our last e-Newsletter for 2012.


Citation: Seear, K., Gray, R., Fraser, S., Treloar, C., Bryant, J., & Brener, L. (2012). Rethinking safety and fidelity: The role of love and intimacy in hepatitis C transmission and prevention. Health Sociology Review, 21(3), 272–286.


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