Publisher description for The origins of AIDS / Jacques Pepin.


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It is now thirty years since the discovery of AIDS but its origins continue to puzzle doctors and scientists. Inspired by his own experiences working as an infectious diseases physician in Africa, Jacques Pepin looks back to the early twentieth-century events in Africa that triggered the emergence of HIV/AIDS and traces its subsequent development into the most dramatic and destructive epidemic of modern times. He shows how the disease was first transmitted from chimpanzees to man and then how urbanization, prostitution, and large-scale colonial medical campaigns intended to eradicate tropical diseases combined to disastrous effect to fuel the spread of the virus from its origins in Le;opoldville to the rest of Africa, the Caribbean and ultimately worldwide. This is an essential new perspective on HIV/AIDS and on the lessons that must be learnt if we are to avoid provoking another pandemic in the future.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
HIV infections -- Africa.
HIV infections -- Etiology.
AIDS (Disease) -- Africa.
Emerging infectious diseases -- Africa.
HIV Infections -- etiology -- Africa.
HIV Infections -- history -- Africa.
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome -- history -- Africa.
Communicable Diseases, Emerging -- history -- Africa.
Disease Vectors -- Africa.
HIV-1 -- pathogenicity -- Africa.
History, 20th Century -- Africa.