. Bodily Fluids and Citizenship

Peter Baldwin

in Disease and Democracy

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780520243507
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940796 | DOI:
. Bodily Fluids and Citizenship

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This chapter discusses the epidemiology and public health aspects of infectious diseases, focusing on sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS. It describes how public health programs of disease control and prevention have been affected by society's reaction throughout history. The chapter also discusses aspects of AIDS causation (etiology), and the debate about whether this disease is caused by an organism or by the intermingling of various social factors. The development of AIDS into an epidemic in industrialized nations and how these nations reacted in terms of public health programs are discussed as well, including the shift in the social groups that were being affected by this disease. The rapid growth of medical knowledge naturally affected the measures implemented to counteract the spread of AIDS.

Keywords: AIDS; sexually transmitted diseases; public health; social aspects; epidemiology; etiology

Chapter.  14475 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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