Partnership and Pragmatism: Germany's Response to AIDS Prevention and Care

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This book provides a comprehensive overview of the most important themes in German HIV/AIDS prevention and care from the beginning of the epidemic to the present. Multidisciplinary in approach, it highlights the unique contributions of Germany to AIDS work, making available for the first time knowledge which can be applied to other countries as well as to other fields of public health practice. Topics discussed include:
*structural prevention, a concept which unites political and behavioural change
*the synchronistic relationship between AIDS policy and gay politics
*the dominance of love and intimacy over other 'risk factors'
*an approach to prevention among drug users which emphasis human rights and accepts the using behaviour
*a unique partnership between public authorities and the voluntary sector
*services for women working in cross-national border prostitution
*an AIDS survivor syndrome among gay men
*HIV in the context of emotional risks taken by women in relationships.
In addition, specifically German themes are described, including special needs of gay men from the former East Germany, the difficulties of providing adequate outpatient care for people with HIV/AIDS and the history of the AIDS prevention debate in Germany.
The book offers medical, nursing, public health, sociological, psychological and social work perspectives on the German response to AIDS.

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Table of Contents

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1 Pragmatism and partnership: an overview of this volume 3
2 AIDS in a German context: a primer 7
3 The epidemiology of HIV and AIDS in Germany 15
4 From hysteria to banality: an overview of the political response to AIDS in Germany 35
5 The role of the German Federal Government in fighting the epidemic 48
6 AIDS prevention campaigns for the general public: the work of the Federal Centre for Health Education 61
7 Structural prevention: the basis for a critical approach to health promotion 73
8 The German AIDS self-help movement: the history and ongoing role of AIDS-Hilfe 82
9 Reactions of the general population to AIDS: the relationship between sociodemograhic variables and lay concepts of disease aetiology 93
10 AIDS prevention as a social systems intervention: risk taking in the context of different types of heterosexual partnerships 106
11 The 'risk factor love' 119
12 The response of gay German men to HIV: the national gay press surveys 1987-96 129
13 Western-style prevention for eastern gay men? AIDS prevention in the former East Germany 143
14 The accepting approach to working with drug users in Germany: an overview of principles, goals and methods 160
15 The meaning of HIV prevention in the context of heterosexual relationships: what are women protecting themselves from? 171
16 The Umbrella Network: AIDS, STD prevention, and prostitution on the eastern border of Germany 182
17 Innovation versus normalisation: the reaction of Germany's home care system to HIV and AIDS 193
18 Defining the AIDS Survivor Syndrome and testing for symptoms in an exploratory study of gay German men 207
19 AIDS policy, health policy, and gay politics 216
20 The normalisation of AIDS in Germany 231
Index 249
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