This symposium, featured as part of the December 2006 issue of Perspectives on Politics, contains articles that explore the complex politics, history, and social dynamics of the world with HIV/AIDS.
Today, more than 40 million people are living with HIV/AIDS, and well over 20 million more have died since the first case was diagnosed in 1981. When we include families and loved ones in the raw demographics, HIV/AIDS has touched a population at least equal to that of the United States. This collection of essays examines the complexity of the mobilization against HIV/AIDS, from the perspective of social action on one hand and the state on the other.
We thank Andrea Densham, Jeff Edwards, and the anonymous reviewers for their dedication and critical engagement. We also extend our gratitude to those AIDS activists and their friends and loved ones whose open participation makes
Meredith L. Weiss and Michael J. Bosia, Editors
"Roadblocks on the Road to Treatment: Lessons from Barbados and Brazil"
"Rejection as Freedom? HIV/AIDS Organizations and Identity"
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