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This chapter describes the encounter between an antiretroviral therapy (art) research project and an extended family in rural East Africa. The meeting of research and lived realities involves multiple relations between the HIV virus, involving international science, the state, individuals, kinship networks, and medicine. The analytical focus explores the effects of the cutting and creation of these relations and networks in practice. The networks are founded, held together, and also cut by associated values and ethics of larger wholes, in this case of kinship, bioscience, and modernity. The chapter provides an insight into what happens “when the virus works,” not...

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