AIDS and Multilateral Governance

  • Peter Söderholm
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


A massive study of AIDS in the world begins with three observations: no community or country in the world already affected by AIDS can claim that the spread of HIV has stopped; HIV is spreading and sometimes rapidly spreading to new communities and countries around the world; the epidemic becomes more complex as it matures: the global epidemic is composed of thousands of smaller, complicated epidemics.2 From these observations, it is clear that worse is yet to come. What the world has witnessed so far is only the birth of a disaster with potentially devastating consequences for humanity. Projections of the epidemic by the year 2000 range from WHO’s conservative estimate of 30–40 million3 HIV infections up to 110 million.4 The vast majority of HIV cases will be in developing countries, as high a proportion as 90 per cent according to some predictions. Given that is about 80 per cent of the total population by the year 2000, the designation of HIV as a major problem seems an understatement.


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