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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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The Context of HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union

The Context of HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union

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(p.105) 6 The Context of HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union
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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:10.1093/0195169271.003.0006

This chapter examines the health profile of countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union within the context of an emerging HIV epidemic. Unlike the epidemics in most of the developing world, the HIV epidemics in the transition economies of Europe are apparently fueled by drug use and commercial sex work. The emphasis on the behavioral conditions, however, masks the important role played by economic crises in the collapse of public health services and the increase in human trafficking. This chapter broadens the analysis of declining health in the former socialist economies and situates the study of HIV epidemics within a biomedical analysis of disease vulnerability, rather than the reigning behavioral model.

Keywords:   HIV epidemic, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, former Soviet Union, transition economies, drug use, commercial sex, human trafficking, economic crisis, public health

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