Living in the Shadows of China's HIV/AIDS Epidemics : Sex, Drugs and Bad Blood book cover
1st Edition

Living in the Shadows of China's HIV/AIDS Epidemics
Sex, Drugs and Bad Blood

ISBN 9781032091327
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
240 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Identifying the existing challenges and shortfalls of China's current HIV/AIDS programming, this book provides an understanding of the history of HIV/AIDS in China, comparing government responses to global best practice in prevention and treatment.

Considering three key populations in China, namely, female sex workers, people who inject drugs and floating migrants, Living in the Shadows of China's HIV/AIDS Epidemics highlights the effects of high mobility and marginalisation on the spread of HIV in China. It is argued that these groups often suffer from stigmatisation and a lack of human security, resulting in sub-optimal outcomes for HIV/AIDS intervention and prevention efforts and the reinforcement of high-risk behaviours, further contributing to the transmission of the virus to the general population. In adding to the emerging body of literature, this book further elucidates the myriad of challenges posed by HIV/AIDS epidemics, allowing sustained engagement and a fresh insight into how governments might respond to the needs of individuals living with HIV/AIDS, both in China and globally.

Including case studies which give voice to research participants in a rich and engaging way, this book will appeal to students and scholars of Chinese Studies, Asian Studies, International Relations and Political Science, as well as those engaged in epidemiological studies in the Health Sciences.

Table of Contents

1. Living in the Shadows  2. Human Insecurity and Non-Traditional Threats to Security  3. HIV/AIDS Overview  4. Global Best Practice: How does the world do it?  5. The ‘Loving Capitalism’ Disease  6. HIV/AIDS affected populations  7. The situation in Yunnan  8. Human insecurity and disease  9. Conclusion: Heading toward the light

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Shelley Torcetti received her PhD from Bond University, Australia, with a research focus on human security, people migration, trafficking, sex work, drug use and HIV/AIDS in China and South-East Asia.