CAPS 282 - AIDS in China - Political, Social, & Medical...

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Political, Social, & Medical Implications of HIV in China - HIV present in China since mid- to late 1980s - Gov’t refused for years to recognize problem - When Beijing finally acknowledged virus, attributed solely to foreign influence - Collectivization during 1950s-1960s brought “barefoot doctors” to rural areas, which raised avg life expectancy - From 1990s-present, however, gov’t no longer supports failing healthcare system o Makes treating HIV much more difficult - IV drug use & blood selling (pooled together & bought by “bloodheads”) - By percentage, China’s AIDS population small compared to other countries w/ epidemics (Africa, other southeast asian countries) – maybe only 1% of total o However, given huge Chinese population, 1% is still staggering total # - China suffers from a “localized epidemic” rather than a “generalized” (total) one - The Economic Counterpart to Sino-US Normalization o Opening the Chinese Economy: Deng’s Pragmatic Turn and the Start of the Reform Era - all 3 communiqués reflect acknowledgement by both parties that neither would budge on Taiwain issue; language on Taiwan kept ambiguous throughout
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course CAPS 2827 taught by Professor Carlson, a during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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