Sex addiction is as much a social condition as it is an individual one. Sex addiction is often reinforced by social structures like family and the internet. Society is also impacted by the acting out behavior of addicts themselves.
Like HIV/AIDS, the early years of public awareness around sex addiction have been filled with missteps which confuse the public health nature of the problem with moral judgement. Leo Bersani's essay, 'Is the Rectum a Grave', provides a foundation for the discussion of the ways in which the institutional response to the HIV/AIDS crisis was lacking and allows us to draw a comparison with our more recent experience with sex addiction.