a reader's journal & virtual public artspace for poz platinum points of view, lgbt political & cultural activism & other metaphoric narratives of the struggle for social justice

R Granich et al., Western Journal of Medicine: Cuba’s national AIDS program. The first decade.

Cuba’s national AIDS program. The first decade.
by R Granich, B Jacobs, J Mermin, and A Pont, August 2011

There is a high incidence of infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in many Caribbean nations. But by 1993 Cuba, with a population of greater than 10 million people, had fewer than 1,000 seropositive persons and less than 200 cases of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). To investigate Cuba’s approach to the AIDS epidemic, we visited Cuba, reviewed published statistics, spoke with health care officials, interviewed HIV-positive patients, and toured medical facilities. Cuba established an extensive HIV surveillance program in 1983, and more than 15 million HIV antibody tests have been done. The sexual contacts of all infected persons are closely observed. A national education program is evolving. Since 1986, all known HIV-positive patients have been placed in sanitariums, which is the most controversial aspect of Cuba’s program. We review available information on AIDS in Cuba and describe that nation’s attempt to prevent the spread of disease. We discuss how the political system and Cuba’s relative isolation have influenced this approach. Strategies have been developed that may be of limited efficacy and would not be acceptable in most Western nations.
Full text
Full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version. Get a printable copy (PDF file) of the complete article (1.5M), or click on a page image below to browse page by page. Links to PubMed are also available for Selected References.

Filed under: Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s




dictionaries & glossaries

elder links

fourth estate --- journalism, politics, storytelling & watchdoggery

HIV/AIDS specific

lgbt specific

medical cannabis

rhetoric, grammar & logic


%d bloggers like this: