HIV and AIDS: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edition) [#174]
HIV and AIDS: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edition) [#174]


  • Takes a cross-disciplinary look at the most serious human epidemic in centuries: from our scientific and medical understanding, to the social and political consequences.
  • Provides a global perspective covering developing and developed countries.
  • Examines social issues such as safe sex, drug use, and how different societies view HIV/AIDS.
  • Discusses the medical, political, and economic solutions already in place in attempt to control the disease.

New to this Edition:

  • Offers an updated look at HIV and AIDS and considers how it has not become the global epidemic it was previously feared to, but is still causing great problems in regions such as Southern and Eastern Africa
  • Considers the options for treatment today, and, although there is still no cure for the disease, discusses the use of 'Treatment as Prevention'
  • Explains breakthroughs in our understanding of the disease and drugs

In 2008 it was believed that HIV/AIDS was without doubt the worst epidemic to hit humankind since the Black Death. The first case was identified in 1981; by 2004 it was estimated that about 40 million people were living with the disease, and about 20 million had died. Yet the outlook today is a little brighter. Although HIV/ AIDS continues to be a pressing public health issue the epidemic has stabilised globally, and it has become evident it is not, nor will it be, a global issue. The worst affected regions are southern and eastern Africa. Elsewhere, HIV is found in specific, usually, marginalised populations, for example intravenous drug users in Russia.
Although there still remains no cure for HIV, there have been unprecedented breakthroughs in understanding the disease and developing drugs. Access to treatment over the last ten years has turned AIDS into a chronic disease, although it is still a challenge to make antiviral treatment available to all that require it. We also have new evidence that treatment greatly reduces infectivity, and this has led to the movement of 'Treatment as Prevention'. In this Very Short Introduction Alan Whiteside provides an introduction to AIDS, tackling the science, the international and local politics, the demographics, and the devastating consequences of the disease. He looks at the problems a developing international 'AIDS fatigue' poses to funding for sufferers, but also shows how domestic resources are increasingly being mobilised, despite the stabilisation of international funding. Finally Whiteside considers how the need to understand and change our behaviour has caused us to reassess what it means to be human and how we should operate in the globalizing world. 


1: The emergence and state of the HIV and AIDS epidemic
2: How HIV and AIDS work and scientific responses
3: What shapes epidemics
4: Illness and death: demographic impact
5: Production and people
6: Development, human capital, and politics
7: Treatment and prevention dilemmas
8: Funding the epidemic
9: Big issues and major challenges
Further Reading


Alan Whiteside, CIGI Chair in Global Health Policy, Balsillie School of International Development and Wilfred Laurier University and Professor Emeritus University of KwaZulu-Natal
Alan Whiteside is Emeritus Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He been involved with AIDS for over 30 years at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban and and has followed its effects on both the economic and the personal level (having seen several colleagues die of AIDS). He has since taken a position in Canada as CIGI Chair in Global Health Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs with a cross appointment at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo Ontario. His books include AIDS in the Twenty-First Century: Disease and Globalization (AIAA, 2006), with Tony Barnett.


ISBN : 9780198727491

Alan Whiteside
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Very Short Introductions





HIV and AIDS: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edition) [#174]

HIV and AIDS: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edition) [#174]

HIV and AIDS: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edition) [#174]