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War in the blood : sex, politics and AIDS in Southeast Asia

Responsibility Chris Beyrer
Material Type Book
Publisher Bangkok : White Lotus
Publisher London : Zed Books
Year 1998
Language English
Size x, 246 p. ; 22 cm
Abstract This engaging and vivid book investigates the course of the HIV epidemic in seven countries of South East Asia: Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Vietnam and China’s Yunnan Province. the impact of the cultural and political landscapes of these countries on the progress of the disease, the book is the product of both working and travelling in the area. Not merely a commentary on obfuscating government statistics, the author draws upon his encounters with people dealing with the effects of the epidemic and opponents of the regimes of the countries he describes. The epidemic is seen as being vitally linked to the general condition of human rights in the societies. In the first part of the book the author travels to each country in turn chronicling the different approaches adopted to the epidemic. The second part covers issues involving specific groups at risk - among other topics, women and contraception, prostitution and the traffic in women, HIV and the US military, the Heroin trade, gay sex workers, prisoners, and the work of local activists. The third part of the book looks at policy and the general effect of culture on public health care, stressing the need for local empowerment of populations, and in particular women, to effect social changes that would go hand in hand with improvements in the handling of the HIV epidemic. Both passionate and well-informed, this book is a labour of love that discusses the HIV epidemic while giving an intimate, and ultimately celebratory account of South East Asia and asserting the real possiblity for affirmative action.
From Thailand's open debate about and readiness to deal with its HIV problem to the relationship between the Burmese regime and the drug trade, this engaging and vivid book investigates the way the HIV epidemic has taken its course in seven countries of Southeast Asia. The author shows how the cultural and political landscapes of these countries have affected the often devastating progress of the disease. The way the epidemic has spread is vitally linked to the condition of human rights in those societies and mediated by sexual behavior, drug use, and the state of health care. Both passionate and well-informed, this book discusses the problems of the HIV epidemic while giving a personal account of the author's own experience in Southeast Asia and asserting the possibility for positive action.
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: pbk SciTech Library ASRS 050212000000634 493.878/B 39/50000063 1998

Bibliographic details

Notes Bibliography: p. 225-237
Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-237) and index
Authors *Beyrer, Chris
Subjects LCSH:AIDS (Disease) -- Asia, Southeastern -- Epidemiology  All Subject Search
Classification NDC9:493.878
ID 1000011505
ISBN 1856495310
NCID BA35187193
Vol : hard ; ISBN:1856495310
: pbk ; ISBN:1856495329
NBN B9811031
Created Date 2000.06.27
Modified Date 2000.06.27

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