Understanding AIDS

I’ve written a guest blog post on Oxford University Press’s blog titled Understanding AIDS:

In 1981, the first cases of patients with the disease that was to become known as AIDS, were identified in hospitals in New York and San Francisco. By late 1983, the cause of AIDS — the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) had been identified. Significant numbers of cases had been reported from central Africa. In southern Africa, where I lived and worked, we had seen only sporadic occurrences — mainly among gay white men. However by 1987, HIV-infected men were identified in the workforce serving the mines industries and farms of South Africa. Armed with knowledge of labour migration and the potential for the spread of this disease, I wrote and presented my first (highly speculative) paper on AIDS at the first ‘Global Impact of AIDS’ conference held in the Barbican Centre in London.

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HIV and AIDS: A Very Short Introduction

The second edition of HIV and AIDS: A Very Short Introduction, by Alan Whiteside, has just been published by Oxford University Press.

HIV/AIDS: A Very Short Introduction provides an introduction to AIDS—the most serious human epidemic in centuries—tackling the science, politics, demographics, and devastating consequences of the disease. The first case was identified in 1981; by 2004 approximately forty million people were living with the disease, and about twenty million had died. The outlook today is a little brighter. Although HIV/AIDS continues to be a pressing public health issue, the epidemic has stabilized. The worst affected regions are Southern and Eastern Africa. Elsewhere, HIV is found in specific, often marginalized populations. Although there remains no cure for HIV, there have been unprecedented breakthroughs in understanding the disease and developing drugs

You can find out more on the Oxford University Press website.

New publications

Three new papers have recently been made available. They are:

The political economy of HIV

The political economy of HIV

Alan Whiteside (2015): The key questions in the AIDS epidemic in 2015, Review of African Political Economy, 42:145, 455-466, DOI: 10.1080/03056244.2015.1064371.
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Alan Whiteside & Nicholas Zebryk (2015): Ebola and AIDS in Africa, Canadian Journal of African Studies / Revue canadienne des études africaines


Robin Root, Arnau Van Wyngaard, & Alan Whiteside (2015): Reckoning HIV / AIDS care: A longitudinal study of community home-based caregivers and clients in Swaziland, African Journal of AIDS Research, DOI: 10.2989/16085906.2015.1059864.
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