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Lucid and compellingly written, Patricia Siplon has immersed herself in the history and ongoing firestorms of how AIDS policies are influenced, fought over, and enacted in the United States. "AIDS and the Policy Struggle in the United States" is equally as engrossing and as revealing in its own way as "And the Band Played On". With an initial chapter that clearly follows the tangled historical string from the first realizations of a medical emergency to today's overwhelming worldwide epidemical crisis, she goes on to look at how medical treatments have changed and grown; how blood policies were formed; how value-based debates raged and continue to rage over prevention; how communities developed to first respond to the crisis, and later organized to fight for health care; and, finally - now that AIDS is recognized for the global crisis it is - how foreign policy is being shaped. Invaluable for activists and anyone involved in fighting for the humane treatment of people with HIV/AIDS around the world, this is also an important and insightful guide to the how and what of public policy as it is fashioned out of the clay of U.S. democratic institutions.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780878403783
ISBN-10: 0878403787
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Georgetown University Press
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publish Date: 14-Aug-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Patricia D. Siplon

Patricia D. Siplon has written extensively on HIV/AIDS, politics, and public policy, and is currently assistant professor in the Political Science Department, Saint Michael's College, Colchester, Vermont.