Global AIDS Policy

Global AIDS Policy

Global AIDS Policy

Global AIDS Policy

Synopsis

An estimated 17 million people are infected with HIV today, and it is estimated that in Africa alone there will be at least 70 million people infected in the next 25 years. This global pandemic has already had a profound impact economically and socially in terms of expensive research, care centers, and immeasurable loss of many of the world's most talented people. Sexual relations, health care of non-infected individuals, family relations, and other social institutions have been significantly marked by this elusive and to date life-threatening phenomenon. Topics range from breastfeeding to condom use, from apathetic governments to immigration policy. Dr. Feldman and his contributors evaluate various policies that have been proposed or adopted on four continents and provide a needed perspective on planetary problems.

Excerpt

This volume of original, never previously published chapters grew in part out of two seminars that I chaired: "Issues in Planning and Evaluating AIDS-Related Interventions in Africa and Asia" at the March 1991 Society for Applied Anthropology meetings in Charleston, South Carolina, and Global AIDS Policy at the November 1990 American Anthropological Association meetings in New Orleans. Several of the chapters, however, were initially developed specifically for this volume.

All of the chapters were peer reviewed prior to acceptance, and I would like to cordially thank our distinguished panel of external reviewers: Dr. Ralph Bolton (Pomona College), Dr. Robert G. Carlson (Wright State University), Dr. Michael C. Clatts (Narcotic and Drug Research Inc.), Dr. Francis P. Conant (Hunter College, CUNY), Dr. Stephen L. Eyre (University of California, San Francisco), Dr. Vincent E. Gil (Southern California College), Dr. Janis Hutchinson (University of Houston), Dr. Carl Kendall (Tulane University), Dr. Norris G. Lang (University of Houston), Dr. Susan McCombie (University of Pennsylvania), Dr. Michael Melody (Barry University), Dr. Robert Porter (Porter/Novelli), Dr. Michael D. Quam (Sangamon State University), and Dr. Priscilla Reining (University of Florida). I would also like to thank Jean Dingee, Jonathan Bellman, Armando Castro, and Dieter Fredericks for editorial assistance, and Donna Rayburn and Maggie Dominguez for secretarial assistance.

The reader should keep in mind that AIDS-related events and circumstances change rapidly, and that the contributors to this volume maintain perspectives valid at the time their chapters were written. It is not the intention of this volume to be comprehensive on the topic of global AIDS policy. Indeed, volumes have already been written on this subject. How-

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