In the context of a two-stage treatment (family therapy during childhood, individual therapy during adolescence), this article will examine the case of Julien, the only sibling in his family to have been contaminated in utero by his mother’s HIV. The author will try to pinpoint the genesis of the thwarted hate, as well the process by which the transmission was melancholized, bearing witness to the destructiveness occupies the place of hatred.
Adolescence, 2015, 33, 2, 383-394.
An HIV infection is a matter of blood, sex and death which thus focuses real and imaginary fears, and constitutes a surface onto which our fears may be projected. HIV is one of the agents of transgenerational transmission, an organizer of family bonds
Interviews, first semi-directive, afterwards freeform, with subjects using gay dating sites have allowed us to pinpoint a certain number of particularities of types of unconscious dares, involving both their own fantasy life and their family history, concomitant with risk-taking that led to infection with the AIDS virus. These interviews also allowed some subjects who participated in them a better perception of their vital choices, and an opportunity to put into perspective the conclusions that partly determined their risk-taking.