The AIDS Pandemic: Complacency, Injustice, and Unfulfilled Expectations

The AIDS Pandemic: Complacency, Injustice, and Unfulfilled Expectations

by Lawrence O. Gostin


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The AIDS Pandemic: Complacency, Injustice, and Unfulfilled Expectations by Lawrence O. Gostin

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469614694
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 03/01/2015
Series: Studies in Social Medicine
Edition description: 1
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Part 1.AIDS in the Courtroom
1AIDS Policy, Politics, and Law in Context3
2The AIDS Litigation Project: The Social Impact of AIDS27
3The AIDS Litigation Project: Privacy, Discrimination, and Vulnerable Persons41
Part 2.Rights and Dignity
4Human Rights and Public Health in the HIV/AIDS Pandemic61
5Health Informational Privacy in the HIV/AIDS Epidemic89
6Stigma, Social Risk, and Discrimination109
Part 3.Policy, Politics, and Ethics
7Testing and Screening in the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: A Public Health and Human Rights Approach133
8National HIV/AIDS Reporting151
9Piercing the Veil of Secrecy: Partner Notification, the Right to Know, and the Duty to Warn167
10The Politics of AIDS: Compulsory State Powers, Public Health, and Civil Liberties179
Part 4.Special Populations
11Testing, Counseling, and Treatment after Sexual Assault201
12Rights and Duties of Health Care Workers Living with HIV/AIDS217
13Perinatal Transmission of HIV: Controversies in Screening and Policy231
14The Interconnected Epidemics of AIDS and Drug Dependency247
Part 5.AIDS in the World
15Screening and Exclusion of Travelers and Immigrants279
16The Global Reach of HIV/AIDS: Science, Politics, Economics, and Research289
17AIDS Policy, Politics, and Law: Reflections on the Pandemic319
Selected Bibliography415
Index of Cases431
General Index433

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Gostin has provided an account of the AIDS epidemic and its critical legal, ethical, and policy challenges that is not only learned and comprehensive but up-to-date and thought-provoking. Centrally involved himself in AIDS policy formulation over the last two decades in American and international institutions, he offers an overview that is authoritative and sensitive, and that looks beyond America to the resource-poor world where 95% of people with AIDS or HIV now live. For them, his conclusions on treatment access and other vital AIDS policy issues are profoundly important.—Justice Edwin Cameron, Supreme Court of Appeal, South Africa

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