AIDS: Fear and Hope (Coursera)

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AIDS: Fear and Hope (Coursera)
The basic biology of the virus, HIV, and the disease it causes, AIDS. The economic, social and political factors that determine who gets sick and who remains healthy, who lives and who dies. The progress of scientific research and medical treatments. The reasons for hope; the reasons for fear.

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Syllabus


WEEK 1

Beginnings: A New Disease Surprises The World

HIV Basics, Stigma, Three Books, Chimps to Humans, Some Memories


WEEK 2

Transmission, Gender, Politics

Transmission, Gender, More Memories


WEEK 3

Testing (and Some Politics and Memories)

The Critical Issue--Testing


WEEK 4

Living With HIV

Not a death sentence, but not easy; More Politics, Sexual Orientation


WEEK 5

Caring for Patients

Doctors, Medication, More Politics, More Memories


WEEK 6

Prevention, Art, Poetry


WEEK 7

Wrapping Up

Cure? Legal Issues, Cost, The Future, Acting Up


Suggested Readings:

- Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

- We Are All the Same: A Story of a Boy's Courage and a Mother's Love

- Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World (Random House Reader's Circle)



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