An epidemic of mass destruction

Smith, Gayle E.
November 2005
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists;Nov/Dec2005, Vol. 61 Issue 6, p80
This article considers the structural dimensions of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. AIDS not only kills people, but also hollows out the core of societies, weakening the ability of communities, states, and entire regions to forge and maintain even the most basic institutions necessary for peace and security. Furthermore, the HIV/AIDS pandemic is rightly regarded as an emergency, but this designation should not prompt a response that is more characteristic of short-term humanitarian relief than long-term development. However, almost three decades into the struggle to defeat the HIV/AIDS pandemic, medical experts, health practitioners, and the men and women whose lives are directly threatened have learned what works.


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