The Slow Plague: A Geography of the AIDS Pandemic / Edition 1by Peter R. Gould
Pub. Date: 10/18/1993
Based on research by a leading geographer and specialist in diffusion theory, The Slow Plague discloses the geographic dimension of the AIDS pandemic. It provides a lucid description of the HIV, its origins, and the extent to which it has now permeated our lives. The author shows how the virus jumps from city to city, creating regional epicenters from which it
Based on research by a leading geographer and specialist in diffusion theory, The Slow Plague discloses the geographic dimension of the AIDS pandemic. It provides a lucid description of the HIV, its origins, and the extent to which it has now permeated our lives. The author shows how the virus jumps from city to city, creating regional epicenters from which it spreads into surrounding areas.
Four case studies at different geographic scales demonstrate the devastating effects of the disease. In Africa the situation is catastrophic, in Thailand it is rapidly becoming so. In the US there are over 300,000 people with AIDS and more than one million infected by the HIV. The relationships between poverty, drugs and HIV infection are brought out poignantly in a chapter about the Bronx.
The author argues that a real understanding of AIDS has been hampered by conscious or unconscious beliefs that those affected are, and will continue to be, confined to specific minority groups and to parts of the Third World. He shows that such views have led to fundamental misconceptions about the pattern of the spread of the disease and about those who will be most at risk, now and in the immediate future.
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Table of Contents
List of maps and figures.
Preface: Why a geographer writes about AIDS.
Acknowledgements: Intellectual Antennae.
Prologue: New Plagues for Old: The Horseman Rides Again.
1. The Killer: HIV and What it does.
2. The Origins of HIV: Closing an Open Question?.
3. The Thin Tendrils of Effects.
4. Sex on a Set: A Backcloth for Disaster.
5. Transmission Break: The Geography of the Condom.
6. How Things Spread: Hierarchical Jumps and Geographic Oozings.
7. Africa: A Continent in Catastrophe.
8. Thailand: How to Optimize an Epidemic.
9. America: Leaks in the System.
10. The Bronx: Poverty, Crack and HIV.
11. The Response: How Many Bureaucrats can Dance on the Head of a Pin?.
12. Time but no Space: the Failure of a Paradigm.
13. The Geography in Confidentiality.
14. Education and Planning: Predicting the Next Maps.
15. Herd Immunity: Riding the Coattails of the HIV.
16. Epilogue: Old Plagues for New.
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