AIDS and Intravenous Drug Use: The Influence of Morality, Politics, Social Science, and Race in the Making of a Tragedy

AIDS and Intravenous Drug Use: The Influence of Morality, Politics, Social Science, and Race in the Making of a Tragedy

by M. Daniel Fernando
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275942457

ISBN-13: 9780275942458

Pub. Date: 06/21/1993

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

The name AIDS is an accusation. It implies punishment for sin—homosexuality and promiscuity. AIDS is a moral judgement masquerading as a scientific name, which is at the very heart of discrimination against the infected. At the bottom are drug users, victims of the War On Drugs, condemned to contract AIDS by using contaminated syringes necessitated by scarcity

Overview

The name AIDS is an accusation. It implies punishment for sin—homosexuality and promiscuity. AIDS is a moral judgement masquerading as a scientific name, which is at the very heart of discrimination against the infected. At the bottom are drug users, victims of the War On Drugs, condemned to contract AIDS by using contaminated syringes necessitated by scarcity resulting from restrictive policies. A rational way to control HIV is to liberalize drug paraphernalia policies as in Europe. The U.S. has not taken this simple step, thus unleashing the AIDS epidemic among drug users, their sexual partners, and neonates. While this policy neglect can be understood in the context of AIDS prevention dominated by moral, political, and religious ideologies rather than epidemiological facts, there are critical racial implications. The ethnic divide separating the white researchers and the infected who belong to minorities has fuelled comparisons of AIDS with the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study and some preventive strategies have been called genocidal plots. Recent research indicating the ineffectiveness of bleach to disinfect paraphernalia has exposed the deadly consequences of a nonchalant attitude to research and compromises for political expediency.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275942458
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/21/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
1,186,993
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Wages of Sin Is Death

Intravenous Drug Use and AIDS: U.S. Inaction

The Myth of Needle Sharing: Heroin Subculture, Bleach, and the Impact On Liberalization

The Racial Implications of AIDS Research and Prevention: A Critical Commentary

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

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