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AIDS and the Ecology of Poverty$
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Eileen Stillwaggon

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195169270

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195169271.001.0001

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Biological Synergies and Disease

Biological Synergies and Disease

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(p.31) 2 Biological Synergies and Disease
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AIDS and the Ecology of Poverty
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Eileen Stillwaggon (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195169271.003.0002

This chapter brings together the results of numerous scientific studies on the biology of immune function and disease. It presents the biomedical evidence that malnutrition and parasite infection contribute to greater susceptibility to any infectious disease, including those which are transmitted sexually. The conditions of poverty increase HIV susceptibility, not only to opportunist diseases after HIV infection but also to HIV transmission, just as they increase vulnerability to other infectious diseases.

Keywords:   immune function, malnutrition, parasites, poverty, susceptibility, vulnerability, HIV transmission

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