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    HIV, AIDS and the global imaginary

    Kearns, Gerard (2017) HIV, AIDS and the global imaginary. In: Global Health and Geographical Imaginaries. Routledge. ISBN 9781138852389

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    The syndrome that later received the name AIDS was first announced by a communication published in the USA by the Centres for Disease Control (CDC): ‘In the period October 1980–May 1981, 5 young men, all active homosexuals, were treated for biopsy-confirmed Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia [PCP]’ (CDC, 1981). Looking principally at the epidemiological discussion of AIDS within the USA, I have noted the persistent homosexualisation of the condition and examined the spatial metaphors through which this prejudice was sustained (Kearns, 2016). In this chapter, I want instead to examine how AIDS has been conceptualised as an issue of global health. I will describe the geographical imaginary of the first attempts to conceptualise AIDS as an issue of global health. I will outline some of the consequences of this global imaginary for AIDS policies, both in the USA and in South Africa.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Keywords: HIV; AIDS; global imaginary;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 9176
    Depositing User: Gerry Kearns
    Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2018 15:21
    Publisher: Routledge
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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