Legal Responses to HIV and AIDS
By (author) James P. Chalmers
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Legal Responses to HIV and AIDS by James P. Chalmers
Book DescriptionSince the 1980s legislators and courts have responded in a variety of ways to the onset of the AIDS pandemic. Some responses have been sensitive to the needs of those with HIV, seeking to guarantee heightened levels of confidentiality or freedom from discrimination. Others have sought to use the law as a tool to limit the spread of HIV, for example by imposing liability for its transmission or restricting the freedoms of those who are HIV-positive. Elsewhere, doctors and researchers have grappled with the legal and ethical problems surrounding testing for a condition which many people may not want to be aware of, and with the conflicts which can arise between respect for individual autonomy and the promotion of public health. More recently, treatments for HIV have developed to the extent that for many HIV is a chronic disease rather than an inevitably fatal condition. Such treatments, however, pose new challenges: they are expensive and as such are not widely available in those parts of the globe where HIV infection is most widespread. This has caused tensions over issues such as asylum, immigration and deportation, and the protection of intellectual property rights which may bar such treatments from being available where the need is most acute. This book examines and evaluate these issues in comparative perspective. It draws on legal responses to other sexually transmitted infections (and contagious diseases) but concentrates on HIV and AIDS.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841137261
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 31-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author James P. Chalmers
Walker and Walker: The Law of Evidence in Scotland, Paperback (February 2015)
Rev. ed. of: The law of evidence in Scotland / by Allan Grierson Walker and Norman MacDonald Lockhart Walker. 1964.
Walker and Walker, Hardback (January 2009)» View all books by James P. Chalmers
Focusing on the Scottish Law of evidence, this book take account of the legislative and case law developments.
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Author Biography - James P. Chalmers
James Chalmers is a senior lecturer in law at the University of Edinburgh. He is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen and Tulane University, in New Orleans.
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