Human Rights and AIDS: The Future of the Pandemic

  • Jonathan M. Mann


Today, the central challenge facing HIV prevention efforts is to understand, and learn how to act—directly and concretely—on the societal determinants of vulnerability to HIV. Awareness of this need to address directly the societal dimensions of HIV/AIDS has evolved gradually. As with biomedical research, progress in understanding human behavior in the context of HIV prevention has involved a continuous, often frustrating, occasionally exhilarating process of discovery. Today, we can identify three periods in this history of conceptualization of behavior. How we define a problem determines what we do about it; and thus, at each stage available knowledge and experience was projected into somewhat different HIV prevention strategies.


Public Health Approach Societal Factor Public Health Worker Societal Dimension Traditional Public Health 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan M. Mann
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  1. 1.Harvard School of Public HealthBostonUSA

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