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AIDS Between Science and Politics$
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Peter Piot

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231166263

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231166263.001.0001

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Aids as an International Political Issue

Aids as an International Political Issue

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AIDS Between Science and Politics

Peter Piot

, Laurence Garey
Columbia University Press

This chapter examines the transnational dimension of the AIDS response. It begins by considering the initial reactions of international organizations to HIV and the emergence of different perspectives on the nature of the AIDS, including AIDS as a communicable disease, as a human rights issue, as a challenge to development, and as a problem for human security. It then discusses the creation of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS; the international response to AIDS; the new millennium as a turning point in the global fight against AIDS; and the creation of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The chapter concludes by addressing the question of why AIDS for several years was the only disease that figured prominently on the public agenda when there were so many other pressing health concerns in the world.

Keywords:   AIDS response, international response, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

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