The basic biology of the virus, HIV, and the disease it causes, AIDS. The economic, social and political factors that determine who gets sick and who remains healthy, who lives and who dies. The progress of scientific research and medical treatments. The reasons for hope; the reasons for fear. (To get a glimpse of some of the materials that students have been posting on the course forums, go to @AIDSFAH or #AIDSFAH.)
Unit 1 - Beginnings: A New Disease Surprises The World HIV Basics, Stigma, Three Books, Chimps to Humans, Some Memories
Unit 2 - Transmission, Gender, Politics Transmission, Gender, More Memories
Unit 3 - Testing (and Some Politics and Memories) The Critical Issue--Testing
Unit 4 - Living With HIV Not a death sentence, but not easy; More Politics, Sexual Orientation
Unit 5 - Caring for Patients Doctors, Medication, More Politics, More Memories
Unit 6 - Prevention, Art, Poetry
Unit 7 - Wrapping Up Cure? Legal Issues, Cost, The Future, Acting Up
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