HIV/AIDS: A Very Short Introduction by Alan WhitesideHIV/AIDS: A Very Short Introduction by Alan Whiteside

HIV/AIDS: A Very Short Introduction

byAlan Whiteside

Paperback | January 15, 2008

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HIV/AIDS is without doubt the worst epidemic to hit humankind since the Black Death. The first case was 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 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 Africathat the real catastrophe is unfolding. In some of the worst affected countries life expectancy has plummeted to below 35 years, which has led to a serious decline in economic growth, a sharp rise in orphaning, and the imminent collapse of health care systems. The news is not all bleak though. There have been unprecedented breakthroughs in understanding diseases and developing drugs. Because the disease is so closely linked to sexual activity and drug use, the need to understand and change behaviour has caused us to reassess what it means to be human andhow we should operate in the globalising world. This iVery Short Introduction/i provides an introduction to the disease, tackling the science, the international and local politics, the fascinating demographics, and the devastating consequences of the disease, and explores how we have -- and must --respond.
Alan Whiteside is Professor of Health Economics and HIV/AIDS and Director of the Research Division, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He has been involved with the disease for over 30 years, and has followed its effects on both the economic and the personal level (having seen several colleagues die of AIDS). In 2003 he was...
Title:HIV/AIDS: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.35 inPublished:January 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780192806925

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Table of Contents

1. Why HIV/AIDS? The science2. The Epidemiology3. Different Epidemics! Why?4. Demographic impact5. Impoverishment and development6. Politics of the epidemic7. The response8. The future