AIDS: images of the epidemic
World Health Organization, 1994 - Medical - 142 pages
This book presents a portrait of the global AIDS epidemic in its multiple public health, social & human dimensions. Drawing upon eye-witness accounts as well as data from the WHO Global Programme on AIDS, the book goes beyond statistical forecasts to show how AIDS affects the lives of real people, why the infection continues to spread, & what can be done to fight back. Throughout the book, striking photographs & a probing text are used to help readers come to terms with the complex nature of the challenge posed by AIDS. The book has 21 chapters presented in four parts. Chapters in the first part provide a factual introduction to HIV & AIDS, moving from the detective work that surrounded the first cases to an explanation of the mechanisms by which HIV manages to outwit the immune system. Combining reported facts with estimates & projections from WHO, chapters in the second part show how the AIDS epidemic, in a multiplicity of different forms, now covers the globe. Having established a framework for understanding the global dynamics of the epidemic, the book turns to the question of why AIDS continues to spread. Chapters in the final part, again based largely on first-hand experiences in four representative countries, tell the stories of the many people who are meeting the challenge of AIDS with courage, resourcefulness & often remarkable success. In summarizing the lessons learned from the facts, figures, faces & stories that characterize the global epidemic, the book concludes with a call for renewed commitment & united global action - lest AIDS become, like poverty & hunger, just another tragedy the world has learned to live with.
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