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HIV/AIDS: A Very Short Introduction par [Whiteside OBE, Alan]
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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)

Présentation de l'éditeur

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 : 1193 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 169 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0192806920
  • Editeur : OUP Oxford; Édition : 1st (24 janvier 2008)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0192806920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192806925
  • ASIN: B000SIDCX6
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Global Introdution 5 août 2013
Par Xavier Brame - Publié sur
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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
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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.
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
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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 Five Stars 17 mai 2015
Par Christopher Hunter - Publié sur
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Exactly what I was looking for
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