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HIV and AIDS : a global view
McElrath, Karen, 1959-
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Westport, CT : Greenwood Press, 2002.
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xvi, 290 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Australia -- Brazil -- Central and Eastern Europe -- China -- Haiti -- Ireland -- Kenya and Uganda -- Mexico -- The Netherlands -- Spain -- Sub-Saharan Africa -- Switzerland -- United Kingdom -- United States.
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The tragedies arising from HIV and AIDS are problems faced on every continent in the world. Case studies of carefully selected countries, representative of every region of the world, are presented in this unique volume. Students, teachers, and researchers can make cross-cultural comparisons to discover how the problem is viewed in different countries, how the problem is changing, what kinds of research is being conducted worldwide to find appropriate interventions for the problem and other details of how this disease affects different societies.

Each chapter is divided into similar subsections including the history of HIV and AIDS, the prevalence of HIV and AIDS, public and political views of the problem, and preventative measures. Readers can choose one or more of these aspects and compare how each differs from country to country. Here they will find that perceptions of the problem and the perceptions of degree to which people are taking preventative measures against the disease does not always reflect the reality. This worldview will help students and scholars to think critically about how building a better understanding of how a specific social issue is viewed and handled worldwide can help build a better world community.

Author Notes

KAREN MCELRATH is a reader in Sociology and Social Policy, Queen's University, Belfast.

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Within a span of two decades, HIV/AIDS has become one of the most important international public health concerns. This volume addresses HIV/AIDS and the related social health challenges resulting from the pandemic. The developing and most impoverished countries of the world have been most affected by the disease. The country case studies in this volume were all chosen to represent both the different regions of the world and those places where the epidemic has been particularly severe or the problem has been recognized and addressed. Included are 14 chapters representing 15 different countries or regions of the world. The goal is to provide chapters in which students can easily compare and contrast all the different aspects of the disease and what has been done to stop its spread. Since the vast majority of persons living with HIV/AIDS reside in Africa, which has been devastated by the epidemic, two chapters address this region. Chapters address various issues relating to HIV/AIDS within the respective country, including the history of HIV/AIDS (prevalence, incidence, and modes of transmission); the stigma faced by persons living with HIV/AIDS; available treatment; government responses to HIV/AIDS; and the role of nongovernment organizations. All levels. J. M. Howe AIDS Information Center, VA Headquarters (DC)

Table of Contents

Andrew L. CherrySusan Goode and Toni MakkaiKaren Giffin and Leticia Legay VermelhoJean-Paul C. GrundClyde B. McCoy and Douglas Feldman and Lisa R. Metsch and Robert S. Anwyl and Shenghan Lai and Xue-ren WangMary ComerfordKaren McElrathElizabeth PisaniRoberto Castro and Rene LeyvaJohannes C. Jager and Wien C.M. LimburgJesus Castilla and Angela Bolea and Monica Suarez and Luis de la FuenteHelen Jackson and Tim LeeThomas SteffenKathryn Higgins and Sally HawDale D. Chitwood
Series Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. ix
1. Australiap. 1
2. Brazilp. 17
3. Central and Eastern Europep. 41
4. Chinap. 69
5. Haitip. 87
6. Irelandp. 97
7. Kenya and Ugandap. 115
8. Mexicop. 137
9. The Netherlandsp. 159
10. Spainp. 183
11. Sub-Saharan Africap. 201
12. Switzerlandp. 219
13. United Kingdomp. 235
14. United Statesp. 253
Indexp. 273
About the Contributorsp. 285