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date: 23 October 2020

HIV and AIDS in Africa: Global Politics and Domestic Consequences 

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Politics
Alan WhitesideAlan Whiteside

AIDS is political. Any disease that involves sex, death, power, and significant amounts of money and that affects some groups and nations more than others inevitably involves both big “P” Politics and small “p” politics. The spread of the disease is determined by a range of factors, including how nations are ruled and interact and how wealth is distributed. Treatment requires resources, and increasingly there will be decisions to be made about access: who lives and who dies. This is political. Indeed, metaphorically, HIV is the water that finds the cracks in society and AIDS is the ice that breaks it apart.... ...

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