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ISBN-13: 978-0192806925 ISBN-10: 0192806920 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Very Short Introductions (Book 174)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (February 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192806920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192806925
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 4.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HIV/AIDS: Questions for Consideration and Discussion

  • To what extent do you feel that there is a moral obligation on rich countries to help respond to HIV and AIDS in the developing world?
  • The HIV epidemics in Europe and America are driven by different dynamics compared to those in sub-Saharan Africa. Why do you think this is the case?
  • If you were in charge of responding to HIV and AIDS in the developing world--would you put your money into treatment or prevention? What percentages would you allocate?
  • AIDS is often seen as one of the first diseases of globalization. Do you think it is? What have we learnt in responding to HIV and AIDS that may have implications for other global diseases?
  • Can legislation help prevent the spread of HIV?
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    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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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on November 29, 2009
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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.
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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.
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    By Xavier Brame on August 5, 2013
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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.
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    By Barbara Hunting on February 19, 2013
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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.
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