HIV Interventions: Biomedicine and the Traffic between by Marsha Rosengarten

By Marsha Rosengarten

Winner of the Sociology of future health and ailment publication Prize

HIV has replaced within the presence of modern biomedical applied sciences. specifically, the advance of anti-retroviral treatments (ARVs) for the therapy of HIV used to be an important landmark within the heritage of the illness. therapy with ARV drug regimens, which started in 1996, has enabled many millions to reside with the human immunodeficiency virus with out progressing to AIDS. but ARVs have additionally been fraught with difficulties of routine compliance, viral resistance, and iatrogenic disorder. along with intensifying the technological and moral complexities of medication, the medication have additionally affected conceptions of probability and chance practices, in flip offering new demanding situations for prevention.

In order to plot more secure, greater different types of remedy, prevention, and probably therapy, Marsha Rosengarten asserts, it's necessary to comprehend the connection among HIV, clinical applied sciences, and ideas in regards to the physique. HIV is an entity that constitutes and is constituted via advanced fabric and informational environments. acceptance of this two-way site visitors among the clinical technology of HIV and the expression of HIV in participants and societies offers a singular foundation for devising new or supplementary modes of puzzling over and intervening within the epidemic.

Through such diversified fabrics as drug ads, capsule formulations, clinical articles, scientific trials, diagnostic try out effects, and viral imaging in addition to interviews with these residing and dealing with HIV, Rosengarten presents various demonstrations of ways the entities comprising the HIV epidemic - our bodies, viral resistance, diagnostic effects, secure intercourse - are cast via dynamic relations.

These quite a few phenomena problem latest prevention types and lift social and moral issues in regards to the effect of extra applied sciences equivalent to HIV pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis and the promise of vaccines and microbicides.

HIV Interventions is suitable to these engaged in questions of the social and moral dimensions of biomedicine, biotechnology, and genomics. extra, the categorical concentration of the venture bargains HIV practitioners - within the sciences and social sciences, in medical examine, medical perform, social study, coverage improvement and prevention schooling - new views and analytic instruments for intercepting a virulent disease that maintains to undergo and, such a lot significantly, to alter during doing so.

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