HIV/AIDS: A Very Short Introduction

HIV/AIDS: A Very Short Introduction

by Alan Whiteside
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0192806920

ISBN-13: 9780192806925

Pub. Date: 02/25/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

HIV/AIDS is without doubt the worst epidemic to hit humankind since the Black Death. First identified in 1981, by 2004 it was estimated that about 40 million people were living with the disease, and about 20 million had died. Despite rapid scientific advances, there is still no cure and the drugs are expensive and often toxic. Because of controversies and taboos

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HIV/AIDS is without doubt the worst epidemic to hit humankind since the Black Death. First identified in 1981, by 2004 it was estimated that about 40 million people were living with the disease, and about 20 million had died. Despite rapid scientific advances, there is still no cure and the drugs are expensive and often toxic. Because of controversies and taboos surrounding safe drug usage and prostitution, the numbers of people infected continues to rise. However, it is in the developing world and especially parts of Africa that the real catastrophe is unfolding. Life expectancy has plummeted to below thirty-five years, leading to a serious decline in economic growth, a sharp rise in orphaning, and the imminent collapse of health care systems. The good news is, there have been unprecedented breakthroughs in understanding the diseases and developing drugs. In this eye opening and hard hitting book, Alan Whiteside uses his professional and personal experience to provide an in-depth look at HIV/AIDS, examining the social issues surrounding the disease, its demographics, and devastating consequences. He offers a global perspective, covering developed and developing countries, and discusses what steps can be taken medically, politically, and economically, in the hope that one day this disease will be brought under control.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192806925
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/25/2008
Series:
Very Short Introductions Series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
854,690
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 4.40(h) x 0.50(d)

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Table of Contents

1. Why HIV/AIDS? The science
2. The Epidemiology
3. Different Epidemics! Why?
4. Demographic impact
5. Impoverishment and development
6. Politics of the epidemic
7. The response
8. The future

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