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HIV/AIDS in South Africa - S. S. Abdool Karim

HIV/AIDS in South Africa

By: S. S. Abdool Karim (Editor), Q. Abdool Karim (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st October 2010
ISBN: 9780521147934
Number Of Pages: 608

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This Definitive Text covers all aspects of HIV/AIDS in South Africa, from basic science to medicine, sociology, economics and politics. It has been written by a highly respected team of experts on HIV/AIDS in South Africa and provides a thoroughly researched account of the epidemic in the region.

The book comprises seven sections, the first of which describes the evolving epidemic, presents the numbers behind the epidemic, and captures its nature in one of the worst affected parts of the world. This is followed by a section on the science of the virus, covering its structure, and its diagnosis. HIV risk factors and prevention strategies, focal population groups and the impact of HIV/AIDS in all aspects of South African life are discussed in the next four sections. The final sections look at the treatment of HIV/AIDS, the politics of HIV/AIDS treatment, mathematical modelling to extrapolate the potential impact of treatment and finally a discussion of the future of HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

The text has been written at an accessible level for the general reader, undergraduate and postgraduate students, health care providers, researchers and policymakers in this field as well as international scholars studying HIV/AIDS in Africa.

"...taken altogether this wealth of information illuminates the path of this dark disease...As you, the reader, page through this book, I hope and trust that you will hear the call to action." Nelson Mandela

"South Africa possesses the capacity to both and curb the epidemic and to minimise its impact-dedicated efforts by its government and civil society are already under way. A wealth of essential evidence is available in this book, making it a valuable contribution to the effort against AIDS in South Africa." Peter Piot

Birth of a Rapidly Growing Epidemic:
Overview of the book
HIV infection in South Africa: the evolving epidemic
HIV incidence rates in South Africa
The Virus, the Human Host and Their Interactions:
Viral structure, replication, tropism, pathogenesis and natural history
HIV diagnostics
HIV-1 genetic diversity
Cellular immunity to HIV: a synthesis of responses to preserve self
HIV Risk Factors and Prevention Strategies:
Reducing sexual risk behaviours: theory and research, successes and research
Barrier methods
Mother-to-child transmissions (MTCT) of HIV-1
Sexually transmitted infections
Safe blood supplies
Intravenous drug use in South Africa
Positive prevention interventions
New prevention strategies under development and investigation
Focal Groups for Understanding the HIV Epidemic:
Heterosexual transmission of HIV - the importance of a gendered perspective in HIV prevention
Young people and HIV/AIDS in South Africa: prevalence of infection, risk factors and social context
Female sex workers
Population movement and the spread of HIV in southern Africa
The Impact of AIDS:
Impact of AIDS - the health care burden
The impact of AIDS on the community
The impact of ethics
The economic impact of AIDS
AIDS-related mortality in South Africa
Picking up the pieces: the end of AIDS denialism and its aftermath
Treating HIV:
Tuberculosis and HIV
Prevention of opportunistic infections in adults
Nutritional prophylaxis
Challenges in managing AIDS in South Africa
Antiretroviral therapy
The challenges of implementing antiretroviral treatment
What Does the Future Hold?:
Models and trends
The future of the HIV epidemic in South Africa
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ISBN: 9780521147934
ISBN-10: 052114793X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 608
Published: 1st October 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 17.5  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.93
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised