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Packed with statistics and handy explanations of science.

It won't make you an expert. But you'll know what you're talking about and you'll have a better idea of all the work we still have to do to wrestle this monster to the ground. (Aids-free world website.)

An essential read... Readers will gain understanding of the medical, social, political and ethical issues involved in this tragic epidemic. (AIDSportal Website)

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Alan Whiteside OBE is CIGI Chair in Global Health at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and Professor Emeritus at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He founded and was Executive Director of the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division at that university. He has been involved with HIV and AIDS for over 30 years, and has followed its effects on both the economic and the personal level (having seen several colleagues die of AIDS). In 2015 he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to science and strategic interventions to curb HIV/AIDS. From 2003 to 2006 he was appointed by Kofi Annan to the Commission on HIV AIDS and Governance in Africa, and was an elected member and office bearer of the Governing Council International AIDS Society from 2000 to 2012.

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Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which crossed from primates into humans. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Crofton on 13 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
A good little book, delivers exactly what it promises and gives a good overview of the central issues surrounding HIV/AIDs and global responses to it.

Its got the numbers, the science and the human cost of the disease, and it's well written and easy to understand (even for someone like me with only GCSE biology knowledge). I'd definitely recommend it for someone doing school work on the disease or someone that just wants to improve their general knowledge and be able to discuss HIV/AIDs confidently. I'm going to order the other book by this author on this topic, and I hope it's as good as this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Craftman on 16 Jan. 2015
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Beware: this was published in 2008 and is therefore liable to be full of out of date information. My advice as a person living with HIV, that I often give to people who are recently diagnosed, is to ignore anything factual that was published more than a year ago, eighteen months at the maximum. Admittedly I'm referring to internet sites with that advice, but it's just as applicable to books, unless, as in the case of Sir Norman Fowler's excellent (never thought I'd use that word about a Tory!) "Aids: Don't Die of Ignorance" which falls into the "history" category.

This only gets a star because the reviewing system forces a star rating. Consider this a no star review!
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I'm applying to study Medicine at university and having done some work experience with an HIV specialist, I thought I'd read a bit more to prepare for interview. It was detailed enough to obtain an in-depth understanding of how the virus spreads in the body, the prevalence throughout the world and interestingly, about HIV and politics which I'd never thought about before, but it wasn't so complex that I didn't have a clue about what was going on. I'd thoroughly recommend it if you have no knowledge of the subject and want to know a bit more. At roughly 130 pages it's quite detailed but readable. Just one more thing - you might want to save it to read at home. You get some funny looks reading it in public!
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By DSJ on 11 April 2012
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I found the information on cytocuccal menigitis very interesting, I had this myself, its a tough one and hard to survive. AIDS is a hard disease as I have been positive for 16 years
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