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The AIDS pandemic : complacency, injustice, and unfulfilled expectations
Gostin, Lawrence O. (Lawrence Ogalthorpe)
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2004]

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xli, 445 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
AIDS policy, politics, and law in context -- The AIDS litigation project : the social impact of AIDS -- The AIDS litigation project : privacy, discrimination, and vulnerable persons -- Human rights and public health in the HIV/AIDS pandemic -- Health informational privacy in the HIV/AIDS epidemic -- Stigma, social risk, and discrimination -- Testing and screening in the HIV/AIDS epidemic : a public health and human rights approach -- National HIV/AIDS reporting -- Piercing the veil of secrecy : partner notification, the right to know, and the duty to warn -- The politics of AIDS : compulsory state powers, public health, and civil liberties -- Testing, counseling, and treatment after sexual assault -- Rights and duties of health care workers living with HIV/AIDS -- Perinatal transmission of HIV : controversies in screening and policy -- The interconnected epidemics of AIDS and drug dependency -- Screening and exclusion of travelers and immigrants -- The global reach of HIV/AIDS : science, politics, economics, and research -- AIDS policy, politics, and law: reflections on the pandemic.

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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.

Author Notes

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. He 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 persons living with HIV/AIDS

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This comprehensive and informative text examines HIV/AIDS in the United States, within a global framework. Gostin (Georgetown and Johns Hopkins) has divided his book into five sections: "AIDS in the Courtroom," "Rights and Dignity," "Policy, Politics, and Ethics," "Special Populations," and "AIDS in the World." He considers the economic, political, social, cultural, legal, sexual, and personal impact of HIV/AIDS, and how HIV/AIDS is in turn affected by the economy, politics, law, culture, sexual practices, and people. The author discusses the dilemmas precipitated by the actual and possible presence of HIV/AIDS; these relate to privacy, public health, individual rights, immigration, discrimination, access to care, testing, partner notification, and perinatal transmission. He points out that the incidence of AIDS worldwide must be of concern to all, as it impacts everyone. He notes that the burden of HIV/AIDS falls worldwide on those least able to bear it--people of color and the poor. Finally, he calls for all nations to be concerned and take action. An extensive reference list and bibliography provide readers with opportunities for further research. This is an excellent resource for anyone working with or concerned about HIV and AIDS. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above. M. L. Hopkins Elmira College

Table of Contents

Michael Kirby
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xix
Abbreviationsp. xxxix
Part 1. AIDS in the Courtroom
1 AIDS Policy, Politics, and Law in Contextp. 3
2 The AIDS Litigation Project: The Social Impact of AIDSp. 27
3 The AIDS Litigation Project: Privacy, Discrimination, and Vulnerable Personsp. 41
Part 2. Rights and Dignity
4 Human Rights and Public Health in the HIV/AIDS Pandemicp. 61
5 Health Informational Privacy in the HIV/AIDS Epidemicp. 89
6 Stigma, Social Risk, and Discriminationp. 109
Part 3. Policy, Politics, and Ethics
7 Testing and Screening in the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: A Public Health and Human Rights Approachp. 133
8 National HIV/AIDS Reportingp. 151
9 Piercing the Veil of Secrecy: Partner Notification, the Right to Know, and the Duty to Warnp. 167
10 The Politics of AIDS: Compulsory State Powers, Public Health, and Civil Libertiesp. 179
Part 4. Special Populations
11 Testing, Counseling, and Treatment after Sexual Assaultp. 201
12 Rights and Duties of Health Care Workers Living with HIV/AIDSp. 217
13 Perinatal Transmission of HIV: Controversies in Screening and Policyp. 231
14 The Interconnected Epidemics of AIDS and Drug Dependencyp. 247
Part 5. AIDS in the World
15 Screening and Exclusion of Travelers and Immigrantsp. 279
16 The Global Reach of HIV/AIDS: Science, Politics, Economics, and Researchp. 289
17 AIDS Policy, Politics, and Law: Reflections on the Pandemicp. 319
Notesp. 327
Selected Bibliographyp. 415
Index of Casesp. 431
General Indexp. 433