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Biological Synergies and Disease

Eileen Stillwaggon

in AIDS and the Ecology of Poverty

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780195169270
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199783427 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195169271.003.0002
 Biological Synergies and Disease

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This chapter brings together the results of numerous scientific studies on the biology of immune function and disease. It presents the biomedical evidence that malnutrition and parasite infection contribute to greater susceptibility to any infectious disease, including those which are transmitted sexually. The conditions of poverty increase HIV susceptibility, not only to opportunist diseases after HIV infection but also to HIV transmission, just as they increase vulnerability to other infectious diseases.

Keywords: immune function; malnutrition; parasites; poverty; susceptibility; vulnerability; HIV transmission

Chapter.  5685 words. 

Subjects: Public Economics

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