AIDS in Europe: New Challenges for the Social Sciences

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Major changes in the nature and dynamics of the AIDS epidemic over the last few years are reflected in changing epidemiological trends as well as in the progress made in biomedical research and treatment. AIDS in Europe brings together papers from leading social science researchers to look at the opportunities and challenges these changes bring and the different ways in which they are being responded to in both western and eastern Europe. Papers are organised under three headings:
*new challenges for HIV prevention
*care of people living with HIV/AIDS in a new therapeutic context
*AIDS public policies: from specialisation to normalisation
AIDS in Europe provides a comprehensive overview of current social and behavioural research on HIV and AIDS for all health professionals.

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Eighteen articles which were first presented at the 2nd European Conference on the Methods and Results of Social and Behavioral Research on AIDS, January, 1998. The papers treat four main areas: the behavioral aspects of living with AIDS, the changes in sexual behavior as it effects transmission rates, user and policy perspectives on illegal drug use, and overview accounts of the spread of AIDS. Some examples of particular discussions include attitudinal factors and adherence to protease inhibitor combination therapy, socio-economic status and HIV prevalence among gay men in Germany, drug risk behavior and HIV infection in European prisons, and the implications of modelling network structures for the spread and prevention of HIV. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857285086
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/20/2000
  • Series: Social Aspects of AIDS Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Introduction 1
Pt. I Living with HIV and therapeutic advances 11
1 Coping with a chronic illness: the experience of families of HIV-infected children 13
2 HIV seropositivity, adaptation and everyday life in Greece 26
3 Psychological and behavioural factors and the natural history of HIV infection 36
4 Attitudinal factors and adherence to protease inhibitor combination therapy 45
5 Living with HIV/AIDS and adherence to antiretroviral treatments 57
Pt. II New perspectives on sexuality 75
6 Seropositivity, risk and sexuality 77
7 Socio-economic status and HIV prevalence among gay men in Germany 92
8 Condom use among 15 to 18 year-olds in France: changes in behaviour over time 103
9 Sexual revolution in Russia and the tasks of sex education 119
10 Young people, social relationships and sexuality in Bulgaria 135
Pt. III Drug use: user and policy perspectives 147
11 Risk behaviour and HIV infection in European prisons 149
12 Drug users' views and service evaluation 165
13 Between public health and public order: harm reduction facilities and neighbourhood problems 178
14 Drug use, AIDS and social exclusion in France 189
Pt. IV Accounting for the epidemic 205
15 The normalisation of AIDS policies in Europe: patterns, path dependency and innovation 207
16 UK HIV testing practice: by how much might the infection diagnosis rate increase through normalisation? 223
17 Modelling network structure: implications for the spread and prevention of HIV infection 234
18 Understanding risk management: towards an integration of individual, interactive and social levels 247
Index 260
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