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HIV & AIDS: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Alan Whiteside

November 2016

ISBN: 9780198727491

176 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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HIV/ AIDS continues to be a major public health issue, affecting millions of sufferers worldwide. This Very Short Introduction explains the science, the international and local politics, the demographics, and the devastating consequences of the disease, and addresses some of the big issues that will concern us over the next decade.

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HIV/ AIDS continues to be a major public health issue, affecting millions of sufferers worldwide. This Very Short Introduction explains the science, the international and local politics, the demographics, and the devastating consequences of the disease, and addresses some of the big issues that will concern us over the next decade.

  • Takes a cross-disciplinary look at the most serious human epidemic in centuries: from our scientific and medical understanding, to the social and political consequences.
  • Provides a global perspective covering developing and developed countries.
  • Examines social issues such as safe sex, drug use, and how different societies view HIV/AIDS.
  • Discusses the medical, political, and economic solutions already in place in attempt to control the disease.
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

New to this edition

  • Offers an updated look at HIV and AIDS and considers how it has not become the global epidemic it was previously feared to, but is still causing great problems in regions such as Southern and Eastern Africa
  • Considers the options for treatment today, and, although there is still no cure for the disease, discusses the use of 'Treatment as Prevention'
  • Explains breakthroughs in our understanding of the disease and drugs

About the Author(s)

Alan Whiteside, CIGI Chair in Global Health Policy, Balsillie School of International Development and Wilfred Laurier University and Professor Emeritus University of KwaZulu-Natal

Alan Whiteside is Emeritus Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He been involved with AIDS for over 30 years at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban and and has followed its effects on both the economic and the personal level (having seen several colleagues die of AIDS). He has since taken a position in Canada as CIGI Chair in Global Health Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs with a cross appointment at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo Ontario. His books include AIDS in the Twenty-First Century: Disease and Globalization (AIAA, 2006), with Tony Barnett.

Table of Contents

    1:The emergence and state of the HIV and AIDS epidemic
    2:How HIV and AIDS work and scientific responses
    3:What shapes epidemics
    4:Illness and death: demographic impact
    5:Production and people
    6:Development, human capital, and politics
    7:Treatment and prevention dilemmas
    8:Funding the epidemic
    9:Big issues and major challenges
    References
    Further Reading
    Index