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HIV/AIDS: A Very Short Introduction by Alan…

HIV/AIDS: A Very Short Introduction

by Alan Whiteside

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I found this book really interesting - having forgotten pretty much everything I learned about HIV in school, this book does a good job of covering the social causes and political impacts of the disease as well as its biology. Definitely recommended as a quick way to get up to speed on HIV/AIDS (although I believe it was published in 2006, so it isn't totally current; it gives you some good leads on where to get more information, however). ( )
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Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which crossed from primates into humans.
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HIV/AIDS: Questions for Consideration and Discussion

To what extent do you feel that there is a moral obligation on rich countries to help respond to HIV and AIDS in the developing world?

The HIV epidemics in Europe and America are driven by different dynamics compared to those in sub-Saharan Africa. Why do you think this is the case?

If you were in charge of responding to HIV and AIDS in the developing world--would you put your money into treatment or prevention? What percentages would you allocate?

AIDS is often seen as one of the first diseases of globalization. Do you think it is? What have we learnt in responding to HIV and AIDS that may have implications for other global diseases?

Can legislation help prevent the spread of HIV?

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As of 2004 an estimated 40 million people were living with HIV/AIDS, and about 20 million had died. Despite advances, there is still no cure, and the drugs are expensive and toxic. In the developing world, especially parts of Africa, life expectancy has plummeted to below 35 years, causing a serious decline in economic growth, a sharp increase in orphans, and the imminent collapse of health care systems. But the news is not all bleak: there have been unprecedented breakthroughs in understanding and treatment--and because the disease is so closely linked to sexual activity and drug use, the need to understand and change behavior has caused us to reassess what it means to be human and how we should operate in the globalizing world. This book tackles the science, the international and local politics, the demographics, and the devastating consequences of the disease, and suggests how we must respond.--From publisher description.… (more)

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