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AIDS: Fear and Hope

University of Michigan via Coursera


The basic biology of the virus, HIV, and the disease it causes, AIDS. The economic, social and political factors that determine who gets sick and who remains healthy, who lives and who dies. The progress of scientific research and medical treatments. The reasons for hope; the reasons for fear. (To get a glimpse of some of the materials that students have been posting on the course forums, go to @AIDSFAH or #AIDSFAH.)


Unit 1 - Beginnings: A New Disease Surprises The World
-HIV Basics, Stigma, Three Books, Chimps to Humans, Some Memories

Unit 2 - Transmission, Gender, Politics
-Transmission, Gender, More Memories

Unit 3 - Testing (and Some Politics and Memories)
-The Critical Issue--Testing

Unit 4 - Living With HIV
-Not a death sentence, but not easy; More Politics, Sexual Orientation

Unit 5 - Caring for Patients
-Doctors, Medication, More Politics, More Memories

Unit 6 - Prevention, Art, Poetry

Unit 7 - Wrapping Up
-Cure? Legal Issues, Cost, The Future, Acting Up

Taught by

Richard Meisler


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