The AIDS Pandemic: Complacency, Injustice, and Unfulfilled Expectations / Edition 1

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In this collection of essays, Lawrence O. Gostin, an internationally recognized scholar of AIDS law and policy, confronts the most pressing and controversial issues surrounding AIDS in America and around the world. He shows how HIV/AIDS affects the entire population--infected and uninfected--by influencing our social norms, our economy, and our country's role as a world leader.

Now in the third decade of this pandemic, the nation and the world still fail to respond to the needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS and continue to tolerate injustice in their treatment, Gostin argues. AIDS, both in the United States and globally, deeply affects poor and marginalized populations, and many U.S. policies are based on conservative moral values rather than public health and social justice concerns.

Gostin tackles the hard social, legal, political, and ethical issues of the HIV/AIDS pandemic: privacy and discrimination, travel and immigration, clinical trials and drug pricing, exclusion of HIV-infected health care workers, testing and treatment of pregnant women and infants, and needle-exchange programs. This book provides an inside account of AIDS policy debates together with incisive commentary. It is indispensable reading for advocates, scholars, health professionals, lawyers, and the concerned public.

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Editorial Reviews

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[A] comprehensive and informative text. . . . This is an excellent resource for anyone working with or concerned about HIV and AIDS.--Choice
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Mark D. Goodman, MD (Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: This is a collection of well written essays exploring the legal, social, and political ramifications of HIV/AIDS.
Purpose: The purpose is to explore the role of law and policy for those living with HIV/AIDS, and for the communities dealing with this epidemic. These worthy objectives are met. In his preface, Professor Gostin attempts to show how HIV/AIDS affects the entire population, "by influencing our social norms, our economy and our country's role as a world leader."
Audience: The book is written for "advocates, lawyers, health professionals, scholars and the concerned public," as stated in the opening. The author is a noted AIDS activist, governmental advisor scholar, and scientist, and brings tremendous credibility to the book.
Features: The book is divided into five major sections dealing with AIDS in the courtroom; rights and dignity; policy, politics and ethics; special populations; and AIDS in the world. Numerous illustrations, as well as tables and maps, are scattered throughout the chapters. The book is especially to be celebrated for its regard for the rights of patients as individuals. It provides an interesting and refreshing alternative to many books on this subject, which tend to favor public health measures over private rights. A thorough review of the current state of the law follows, including such subjects as blood donors/banking, partner notification, HIV-specific criminal statutes, and perinatal testing to name a few. The subject is enormous, but Professor Gostin does an excellent job of corralling the information and presenting it in an instructive and comprehensive way.
Assessment: This book is of the highest quality, and of a much more humanistic tone than others in the field.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807828304
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 2/23/2004
  • Series: Studies in Social Medicine Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence O. Gostin, professor and director of the Center for Law and the Public's Health at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities, has participated in many AIDS policymaking decisions since the beginning of the pandemic. Gostin has devoted a career to AIDS policy and law, serving national agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and Institute of Medicine, as well as international bodies such as the World Health Organization and the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS. Gostin is one of the early pioneers in the movement to ensure basic human rights for those living with HIV/AIDS.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 AIDS in the Courtroom
1 AIDS Policy, Politics, and Law in Context 3
2 The AIDS Litigation Project: The Social Impact of AIDS 27
3 The AIDS Litigation Project: Privacy, Discrimination, and Vulnerable Persons 41
Pt. 2 Rights and Dignity
4 Human Rights and Public Health in the HIV/AIDS Pandemic 61
5 Health Information Privacy in the HIV/AIDS Epidemic 89
6 Stigma, Social Risk, and Discrimination 109
Pt. 3 Policy, Politics, and Ethics
7 Testing and Screening in the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: A Public Health and Human Rights Approach 133
8 National HIV/AIDS Reporting 151
9 Piercing the Veil of Secrecy: Partner Notification, the Right to Know, and the Duty of Warn 167
10 The Politics of AIDS: Compulsory State Powers, Public Health, and Civil Liberties 179
Pt. 4 Special Populations
11 Testing, Counseling, and Treatment after Sexual Assault 201
12 Rights and Duties of Health Care Workers Living with HIV/AIDS 217
13 Perinatal Transmission of HIV: Controversies in Screening and Policy 231
14 The Interconnected Epidemics of AIDS and Drug Dependency 247
Pt. 5 AIDS in the World
15 Screening and Exclusion of Travelers and Immigrants 279
16 The Global Reach of HIV/AIDS: Science, Politics, Economics, and Research 289
17 AIDS Policy, Politics, and Law: Reflections on the Pandemic 319
Notes 327
Selected Bibliography 415
Index of Cases 431
General Index 433
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