AIDS Between Science and Politics

December 2015

AIDS Between Science and Politics, Peter Piot

Aids between science and politicsPeter Piot, founding executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), recounts his experience as a clinician, scientist, and activist fighting the disease from its earliest manifestation to today.

Piot describes how the epidemic altered global attitudes toward sexuality, the character of the doctor-patient relationship, the influence of civil society in international relations, and traditional partisan divides. AIDS thrust health into national and international politics where, he argues, it rightly belongs.

The global reaction to AIDS over the past decade is the positive result of this partnership, showing what can be achieved when science, politics, and policy converge on the ground.

Yet it remains a fragile achievement, and Piot warns against complacency and the consequences of reduced investments. He refuses to accept a world in which high levels of HIV infection are the norm. Instead, he explains how to continue to reduce the incidence of the disease to minute levels through both prevention and treatment, until a vaccine is discovered.

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Read more about Aids (Spanish and Portuguese) in HCS-Manguinhos:
Torres-Ruiz, Antonio. Nuevos retos y oportunidades en un mundo globalizado: análisis político de la respuesta al VIH/Sida en México. Hist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos, Set 2006, vol.13, no.3, p.649-674. ISSN 0104-5970

Nascimento, Dilene Raimundo do. A face visível da AidsHist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos, Jun 1997, vol.4, no.1, p.169-184. ISSN 0104-5970Cueto, Marcos. El rastro del SIDA en el PerúHist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos, 2002, vol.9, p.17-40. ISSN 0104-5970

Marques, Maria Cristina da Costa. Contradições e assimetrias na construção do conhecimento em Aids/HIVHist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos, Ago 2005, vol.12, no.2, p.575-579. ISSN 0104-5970

Camargo Jr., Kenneth R. de. Aids e a Aids das ciênciasHist. cienc. saude-Manguinhos, Out 1994, vol.1, no.1, p.35-60. ISSN 0104-5970

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