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Title AIDS : between science and politics / Peter Piot ; translated by Laurence Garey.
Author Piot, Peter, 1949- author.
Publication New York : Columbia University Press, [2015]
Copyright date ©2015
Description ix, 198 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Call # 362.19697 P
Note Translated from the French.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Revised and updated translation of: Le sida dans le monde: entre science et politique / Peter Piot. Paris : Odile Jacob, c2011.
Contents A heterogeneous and still evolving epidemic -- Hyperendemic HIV in Southern Africa : the heritage of apartheid -- AIDS as an international political issue -- A new type of transnational civil society movement -- The right to treatment -- Combination prevention -- The economics of AIDS -- Prominence of human rights -- The long-term view.
Summary Peter Piot, founding executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), recounts his experience as a clinician, scientist, and activist fighting the disease from its earliest manifestation to today. The AIDS pandemic was not only catastrophic to the health of millions worldwide but also fractured international relations, global access to new technologies, and public health policies in nations across the globe. As he struggled to get ahead of the disease, Piot found science does little good when it operates independently of politics and economics, and politics is worthless if it rejects scientific evidence and respect for human rights. Piot describes how the epidemic altered global attitudes toward sexuality, the character of the doctor-patient relationship, the influence of civil society in international relations, and traditional partisan divides. AIDS thrust health into national and international politics where, he argues, it rightly belongs. The global reaction to AIDS over the past decade is the positive result of this partnership, showing what can be achieved when science, politics, and policy converge on the ground. Yet it remains a fragile achievement, and Piot warns against complacency and the consequences of reduced investments. He refuses to accept a world in which high levels of HIV infection are the norm. Instead, he explains how to continue to reduce the incidence of the disease to minute levels through both prevention and treatment, until a vaccine is discovered. -- Publisher description
Subject AIDS (Disease)
AIDS (Disease) -- Political aspects.
AIDS (Disease) -- Economic aspects.
World health.
Economic assistance, Domestic.
Piot, Peter, 1949-
Addl. Author Garey, Laurence, translator.
Addl. Title Sida dans le monde. English
ISBN 9780231166263 :
0231166265

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