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It is now thirty years since the discovery of AIDS but its origins continue to puzzle doctors and scientists. Inspired by his own experiences working as an infectious diseases physician in Africa, Jacques Pepin looks back to the early twentieth-century events in Africa that triggered the emergence of HIV/AIDS and traces its subsequent development into the most dramatic and destructive epidemic of modern times. He shows how the disease was first transmitted from chimpanzees to man and then how urbanization, prostitution, and large-scale colonial medical campaigns intended to eradicate tropical diseases combined to disastrous effect to fuel the spread of the virus from its origins in LĂ©opoldville to the rest of Africa, the Caribbean and ultimately worldwide. This is an essential new perspective on HIV/AIDS and on the lessons that must be learnt if we are to avoid provoking another pandemic in the future.
By drawing on the latest discoveries in virology, microbiology, and immunology, Mirko Grmek depicts the AIDS epidemic not as an isolated incident but as part of the long, but far from peaceful, coexistence of humans and viruses.
Offers a narrative historical overview of the AIDS crisis, including the history, global impact, legal and ethical aspects, human side, and political implications of the disease
This work examines some of the ethical problems of the HIV disease in Nigeria. The first part argues that the spread if HIV has been facilitated in the country not just because of sexual promiscuity or harmful cultural practices, but also mainly as a result of socio-economic situations or problems in the country. The second part, analysing the principles of responsibility, non-discrimination, confidentiality and justice, examines the preventive strategies that are needed to curb the infection rate of the disease. The study also deals with specific moral issues in the prevention of the disease namely, the prophylactics debate and the needle exchange programs.

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