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University of Guelph
Political Science
POLS 3710
Jordi Diez

Film – How to survive a plague  1981 – beginning, 4 cases  6 years of Aids epidemic  With no drugs, nearly 100% death rate  No accurate diagnosis  Lack of diagnosis – therefore lack of treatment  People started to get together, public media, voicing concerns  Anger to get stuff done  Educated the people so they understood the process of departments and the disease itself  1988 – almost 1,000,000 deaths world wide  activists proposed a health plan to the government  achieved goal of gaining more affordable and better drugs to treat  1999 – deaths over a million  1991 – over 2 million dead, 40 million infected  Act up slit  1992 – 3 million dead  1993 – almost 5 million  1994 – over 6 million  drugs that were previously approved – proven ineffective  1995 – over 8 million  combined 3 drugs and deaths stopped/slowed down significantly The Politics of HIV/AIDS - basic facts - sexual politics of the disease - sexual transmission - importance of education - the onset of the crisis - the particularities of the disease - politics of fear - enduring legacies - AIDS and mobilization - global ramifications Basic Facts - virus that cases a disease that affects the immune system - when immune system is compromised - susceptible to disease - reduced ability to fight infections - mostly airborne - transmission – direct contact with nucleus membrane in blood stream - bodily fluid containing – blood, semen, breast milk - now considered an epidemic – because of scope - today 36 million world wide affected - 1.5 million deaths a year (world) - the cocktails of drugs – accelerated by ACT UP - HAAART - 1996 discovered - mixes various drugs - when you have HIV (before AIDS) they evaluate how infected you are – adjust medication to this - why study AIDS? - how government reacted - viewed as deviant sexual behaviour the sexual politics of the disease - mostly transmitted through sexuality behaviour - directly related to politics - challenge to heteronorms - reinforcement of heteronorms - affects mostly men who have sex with men - worldwide – mostly people who have sex with those of opposite sex - not only men and men - last 10 years – decease in infection rates in those who are bisexual - tried to neutralize terminology to prevent the spread of the disease - troubling phenomenon – men cheat in monogamy then come home and infect their wife - reduce spread – utilize condoms - also effects drug users – want safe clinics with clean needles - condoms and education = prevention - focus of activists - catholic church – immoral the onset of the crisis - heteronorms and backlash gave politics around AIDS - social and political reaction - unique reaction in comparison to any other disease - MORAL PANIC - most effected – didn’t belong to mainstream society, marginalized, perverts, people
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