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HIV/AIDS: A Very Short Introduction [Format Kindle]

Alan Whiteside

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Revue de presse

Packed with statistics and handy explanations of science.

It won't make you an expert. But you'll know what you're talking about and you'll have a better idea of all the work we still have to do to wrestle this monster to the ground. (Aids-free world website.)

An essential read... Readers will gain understanding of the medical, social, political and ethical issues involved in this tragic epidemic. (AIDSportal Website)

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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 Africa that 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 and how we should operate in the globalising world. This Very Short Introduction 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.
ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1078 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 144 pages
  • Editeur : OUP Oxford; Édition : 1st (24 janvier 2008)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0192806920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192806925
  • ASIN: B000SIDCX6
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A useful short introduction to the AIDS epidemic 30 novembre 2009
Par Dr. Bojan Tunguz - Publié sur Amazon.com
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HIV virus is probably the most dreaded virus in modern times, and the disease that it causes - AIDS - has come to symbolize the latter-day plague. Despite the monumental attempts at finding a cure for AIDS or at least an HIV vaccine, this disease remains almost as intractable as when it first came to wide attention in the early 1980s. In the West AIDS remains the disease that is associated with socially marginalized groups, while globally its greatest impact is on poor countries, with the sub-Saharan Africa carrying the disproportionate number of victims. In the light of all of that all of us would be amiss if we did not get a better understanding of this dreadful disease. "HIV/AIDS - A Very Short Introduction" is a good book to learn the important facts about HIV/AIDS from.

The book is filled with a lot of statistical data and many charts. It provides an astute assessment of the prevalence and the spread of AIDS throughout the world. It deals with various social, political and economic aspects of AIDS and the author covers these topics in great detail. This is a particularly good book to read if you are interested in the public policy aspects of the AIDS epidemic.

Knowing how important a book like this is for educating public about the most important facts about AIDS, it would seem uncharitable to point out its flaws. Nonetheless, here are a few issues that I had with the book and points that I think could be improved.

* The book could have used some more editing. There are quite a few awkward sentences, and many others that are rather banal.
* The book does not spend too much time on pointing out the precautions and measures that are practical and effective at preventing AIDS at the level of an individual. Obviously we can infer that being a member of any of the higher-risk groups should be avoided, but this is nowhere really spelled out not even commented upon. This might due to the fact that this book is more aimed at describing AIDS as a phenomenon, rather than influencing individual behavior, but on the other hand the author is quick to pass judgment on governments and other groups for their approach to the problem of AIDS.
* The author shows clear bias in favor of some AIDS-prevention programs and measures and in opposition to others, but at no point in this book are we given any justification (quantitative or otherwise) for this particular set of attitudes. Many of these attitudes expressed by the author have been promoted extensively in the media, and most of them do make sense, but it would have been useful in a book like this one to be more precise and give a justification for those attitudes that goes beyond what some interest group may be advocating.
* My background is in natural science, and I would have liked if more room had been given to the scientific description of the HIV virus itself - its shape, form, what makes it so virulent, and why have all attempts at creating a successful vaccine failed so far. Even in a very short introduction aimed at the general audience more scientific information would have been useful.
* The book oftentimes swerves outside of the core topic of AIDS, often offering opinions on topics such as climate change, sustainability, sexuality, big-government programs, etc. In some of these cases there is some tangential relationship to AIDS, but more often than not one gets an impression that these are just some of the author's pet concerns and he was unable to resist the urge to put them in.
Despite its many shortcomings, this is still a very informative and important book and a useful first resource in understanding of the global AIDS epidemic.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A concise introduction to HIV from a global perspective with a focus on social and under represented impacts 7 juin 2014
Par A student of History - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is packed with information yet readily digested. Much of the text space is dedicated to under studied or under discussed tolls that HIV/AIDS has on family units, caregiving, transfer of skill and knowledge, efficiency of work provided by the sick and costs of stigmatization. Sprinkled throughout the book are suggestions that technical solutions (such as medication, vaccines, etc..) are not the sole method, nor necessarily the best, for preventing future infections and obtaining better quality of life for those infected.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Global Introdution 5 août 2013
Par Xavier Brame - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book proved to be an informative introduction to HIV/AIDS on the global scale. For anyone hoping to understand the ways the epidemic is affecting your local community, this book is a good place to start to see the big picture. The book does a good job of explaining terms used to describe HIV/AIDS and its spread, and in my opinion effectively touches on political, social, cultural, and medical issues. I was somewhat disappointed in the amount of attention given to the United States, but the situation in the U.S. doesn't describe the global situation, its only part of the many dynamics. Focusing on one country over others would have been a diservice to the purpose of the book.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 good concise summary 19 février 2013
Par Barbara Hunting - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This concise book is good way to introduce 1st year undergrads to the issues connected to HIV/AIDS and invite them to discuss and review inter-related issues.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Five Stars 17 mai 2015
Par Christopher Hunter - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Exactly what I was looking for
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