AIDS and the Policy Struggle in the United States

AIDS and the Policy Struggle in the United States

By: Patricia D. Siplon (author)Paperback

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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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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.


1. The Nature of the Policy Process 2. New Drugs, New Rules, New Relationships 3. Blood Policy in the Age of AIDS 4. Dueling Models of AIDS Prevention: Harm Reduction and Abstinence 5. A New Means of Providing for the Sick: The Ryan White CARE Act 6. Us and Them: AIDS as a Foreign Policy Issue 7. Conclusion: Struggling Toward the Future

Product Details

  • publication date: 14/08/2002
  • ISBN13: 9780878403783
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 176
  • ID: 9780878403783
  • weight: 272
  • ISBN10: 0878403787

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