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Handbook of International Social WorkHuman Rights, Development, and the Global Profession$
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Lynne M. Healy and Rosemary J. Link

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333619

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.001.0001

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HIV/AIDS: The Global Pandemic

HIV/AIDS: The Global Pandemic

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(p.196) 29 HIV/AIDS: The Global Pandemic
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Handbook of International Social Work
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Hugo Kamya

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.003.0029

The nature and extent of the HIV/AIDS global pandemic has changed considerably over the past thirty years. This chapter examines the problem of HIV/AIDS worldwide, paying special attention to sub-Saharan Africa. It begins with an overview to help contextualize this problem with populations that have been seriously affected. Key controversies as well as their implications for practitioners, researchers, educators, activists, and policy makers are discussed. For best outcomes, any approach must not only address factors that directly affect societal norms, it must also examine both the infrastructural factors that directly or indirectly facilitate the spread of HIV and the structural factors related to developmental issues over which the individual and the health system have little control. The focus should be a comprehensive model that targets the entire health and social system.

Keywords:   HIV, AIDS, sub-Saharan Africa, social work practice

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