AIDS, Drugs and Prevention: Perspectives on Individual and by Tim Rhodes, Richard Hartnoll PDF

By Tim Rhodes, Richard Hartnoll

AIDS, medications and Prevention brings jointly various foreign contributions at the learn, thought and perform of constructing community-based HIV prevention. It goals to appreciate how person activities to avoid HIV transmission are limited and inspired via situational and social context. Drawing on ethnographic and epidemiological study between populations of drug clients, intercourse staff and homosexual males, it explores how destiny HIV prevention interventions can aim alterations on the point of the person in addition to on the point of the neighborhood and wider social setting. AIDS, medications and Prevention deals functional and theoretical insights into community-based healthiness paintings for the time of AIDS. It offers necessary examining for college students, teachers, researchers and practioners in well-being merchandising, wellbeing and fitness coverage, social paintings and scientific sociology.

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Like other Christian fundamentalists, Falwell views AIDS as divine and wilful intervention on the part of an incensed God. Communities such as San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles, and other venues popular among gays because of acceptance of gay lifestyles, are seen as the literal equivalents of Sodom and Gomorrah. Falwell has stated that ‘AIDS is a lethal judgement of God on…sin…and it [AIDS] is the judgement of God on America’ (Lattin, 1988). Falwell’s is an apocalyptic view of the public health crisis.

The emergence of the AIDS epidemic has significantly changed clinical and biomedical research priorities on a global scale. The growing numbers of injection drug users (IDUs) caught in the epidemic has focused additional attention on both the drug users and the health and social policies which affect them. In the United States, injection drug use accounted for 25 per cent of the 401,749 AIDS cases diagnosed up to June, 1994, and was the second largest risk category for AIDS, following gay/bisexual males (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1994).

It is in the Tuskegee syphilis experiment that we find one of the clearest symbols of the failure of the American medical establishment to protect the interests of African Americans, and one of the principal obstacles to establishing adequate HIV prevention programmes in the black community. The cry ‘Tuskegee’ evokes memories of government-sponsored racism and medical cruelty in the name of medical research. Why should syringe exchange experiments be any different? The Tuskegee syphilis experiment was begun in 1932 and was finally terminated only after press coverage in 1972 forced the issue to the floor of the United States Senate.

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