HIV/AIDS in Global Context
This course explores the question can we stop HIV infection globally in our lifetime? This is the goal of the World AIDS Conference. What do we need to know to be able to address this question? The rise in HIV infections in the world are now increasing in heterosexual women and in the US this is seen in African American women in particular. Biologically there are differences in how HIV progresses in men and women. Women can pass the virus to unborn and newborn children. How do these factors affect our central question? How do cultural values impact the spread of HIV and treatment of those with AIDS including children? In this course we will understand the biological and pathological basis of HIV infection and AIDS as a progressive disease. We will assess the global nature of the HIV epidemic with a focus on women. Students will gather information on several agencies or clinics in countries with high risk for HIV infection and learn about their daily struggles and problems and will coordinate a means by which students can input to help solve or alleviate one or more challenges. There will be opportunities to explore how HIV and AIDS is managed in Knox County as well. No prerequisite. This course counts towards the concentration or major in WGS. Offered every other year.