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HIV/AIDS in South Africa 25 Years On By Poul Rohleder

HIV/AIDS in South Africa 25 Years On by Poul Rohleder

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This book uses South Africa as a template to address the many issues surrounding the HIV/AIDS epidemic worldwide. It analyzes psychosocial and sexual aspects contributing to HIV transmission and prevention and covers issues of race, gender, politics and class.

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HIV/AIDS in South Africa 25 Years On Summary

HIV/AIDS in South Africa 25 Years On: Psychosocial Perspectives by Poul Rohleder

Much has happened since the first appearance of AIDS in 1981: it has been identified, studied, and occasionally denied. The virus has shifted host populations and spread globally. Medicine, the social sciences, and world governments have joined forces to combat and prevent the disease. And South Africa has emerged as ground zero for the pandemic.

The editors of HIV/AIDS in South Africa 25 Years On present the South African crisis as a template for addressing the myriad issues surrounding the epidemic worldwide, as the book brings together a widely scattered body of literature, analyzes psychosocial and sexual aspects contributing to HIV transmission and prevention, and delves into complex intersections of race, gender, class, and politics. Including largely overlooked populations and issues (e.g., prisoners, persons with disabilities, stigma), as well as challenges shaping future research and policy, the contributors approach their topics with rare depth, meticulous research, carefully drawn conclusions, and profound compassion. Among the topics covered:

  • The relationship between HIV and poverty, starting from the question, "Which is the determinant and which is the consequence?"
  • Epidemiology of HIV among women and men: concepts of femininity and masculinity, and gender inequities as they affect HIV risk; gender-specific prevention and intervention strategies.
  • The impact of AIDS on infants and young children: risk and protective factors; care of children by HIV-positive mothers; HIV-infected children.
  • Current prevention and treatment projects, including local-level responses, community-based work, and VCT (voluntary counseling and testing) programs.
  • New directions: promoting circumcision, vaccine trials, "positive prevention."
  • South Africa's history of AIDS denialism.

The urgent lessons in this book apply both globally and locally, making HIV/AIDS in South Africa 25 Years On uniquely instructive and useful for professionals working in HIV/AIDS and global public health.

Table of Contents

List of tables and figures. List of contributors. Foreword. Acknowledgements. 1: Introduction. Section One: Psychosocial Issues. 2: The Sociocultural Aspects of HIV/AIDS. 3: HIV and Women. 4: Masculinity and HIV/AIDS. 5: HIV and Youth: A Behavioural perspective. 6: Infants and Young Children affected by HIV/AIDS. 7: Poverty and HIV and AIDS. 8: HIV and Stigma in South Africa. Section Two: Prevention and Treatment. 9: The Politics and Psychology of AIDS Denialism. 10: Local Level Responses to HIV/AIDS in South Africa. 11: Social Movements and HIV/AIDS in South Africa. 12: Approaches to HIV Counselling and Testing: Strengths and Weaknesses, and challenges for the Way Forward. 13: Vertical transmission of HIV - Pregnancy and Infant issues. 14: HIV/AIDS, nutrition and structural interventions in South Africa: A move in the right direction. 15: Strengthening Community Responses to AIDS: Possibilities and Challenges. 16: HIV, religion and spirituality. Section Three: Persons Living with HIV/AIDS. 17: Experiences of People Living with HIV. 18: Positive Prevention: HIV Risk Reduction for People Living with HIV/AIDS. Section Four: New directions in HIV research. 19: HIV/AIDS and Persons with Disabilities. 20: HIV/AIDS and the Prison System. 21: HIV and Circumcision. 22: Participation in HIV Vaccine Trials. 23: Bridging the Gap between HIV and Mental Health Services in South Africa

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NLS9781489984296
9781489984296
1489984291
HIV/AIDS in South Africa 25 Years On: Psychosocial Perspectives by Poul Rohleder
New
Paperback
Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
2014-10-07
393
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