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Title HIV and AIDS : a very short introduction / Alan Whiteside.
Author Whiteside, Alan, author.
Publication Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2016.
Edition Second edition.
Description xxii, 149 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
Call # 614.5993 W
Series Very short introductions ; 174
Very short introductions ; 174.
Note "Fully updated new edition"--Sticker on cover.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 131-142) and index.
Summary "In 2008 it was believed that HIV/AIDS was 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. Yet the outlook today is a little brighter. Although HIV/ AIDS continues to be a pressing public health issue the epidemic has stabilised globally, and it has become evident it is not, nor will it be, a global issue. The worst affected regions are southern and eastern Africa. Elsewhere, HIV is found in specific, usually, marginalised populations, for example intravenous drug users in Russia. Although there still remains no cure for HIV, there have been unprecedented breakthroughs in understanding the disease and developing drugs. Access to treatment over the last ten years has turned AIDS into a chronic disease, although it is still a challenge to make antiviral treatment available to all that require it. We also have new evidence that treatment greatly reduces infectivity, and this has led to the movement of 'Treatment as prevention'. In this Very Short Introduction Alan Whiteside provides an introduction to AIDS, tackling the science, the international and local politics, the demographics, and the devastating consequences of the disease. He looks at the problems a developing international 'AIDS fatigue' poses to funding for sufferers, but also shows how domestic resources are increasingly being mobilised, despite the stabilisation of international funding. Finally Whiteside considers how the need to understand and change our behaviour has caused us to reassess what it means to be human and how we should operate in the globalizing world"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents The emergence and state of the HIV and AIDS epidemic -- How HIV and AIDS work and scientific responses -- What shapes epidemics? -- Illness, death, and the demographic impact -- Production and people -- Development, numbers, and politics -- Treatment and prevention dilemmas -- Funding the epidemic -- Big issues and major challenges.
Subject HIV infections -- Epidemiology.
HIV (Viruses)
AIDS (Disease)
AIDS (Disease) (OCoLC)fst00793808
HIV infections -- Epidemiology. (OCoLC)fst00949883
HIV (Viruses) (OCoLC)fst00949837
Alt Title HIV & AIDS
ISBN 0198727496 (paperback) :
9780198727491 (paperback) :

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