The No-Nonsense Guide to HIV/AIDS

Usdin, Shereen
Publisher:  Between the Lines, Toronto, Canada
Year Published:  2003  
Pages:  144pp   ISBN:  1-896357-81-4
Library of Congress Number:  RC606.6.U84 2003   Dewey:  616.97'92
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX8425

This book gives an overview of the origins of HIV, the ways in which it spreads, the profits made by drug companies, women's special vulnerability and the positive action being taken by people and communities to fight back.

Abstract:  The No-Nonsense Guide to HIV/AIDS is part of the series of No-Nonsense Guides, and is written by Shereen Usdin who is a medical doctor and a public health specialist working for human rights, violence against women, health and development communication. This book gives an overview of the origins of HIV, the ways in which it spreads, the profits made by drug companies, women's special vulnerability and the positive action being taken by people and communities to fight back. It describes various theories about the origin of AIDS, the many stigmas associated with it, the ways in which different communities have dealt with the problem, effects of external factors (like poverty, migration and sex-trafficking), ways to avoid/deal with HIV and the advances made by pharmaceutical companies. There are brief stories of the experiences of individuals who are infected, and many charts and tables displaying statistical data. Contact information is provided for a number of organizations all over the world that are fighting AIDS. The book describes situations prevailing in different parts of the world and the ways in which different countries are handling this crisis. Both negative and positive aspects, and results, are discussed, making the book a thorough guide to how and why AIDS is spreading, and being dealt with, in the world today.

[Abstract by Nabeeha Chaudhary]



Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
1. New world disorder
2. 'Why us, why now?' - what is fuelling the epidemic
3. Sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll - the science of HIV
4. The politics of profit
5. Turning the tide: responses to the epidemic
Contacts
Bibliography
Index

Subject Headings

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