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Unformatted text preview: Steven Arias 1/29/2008 NS 206 – Introduction to Global Health PERSPECTIVES: 1. Epidemiological perspective: Epidemiology is the study of the distribution, determinants, and occurrence of disease and health- related conditions in populations. 1 Who is affected (both by disease and death)? • All ages • Both sexes • Other characteristics o Originally believed to be a disease only for the homosexual population. o Intravenous drug users were at high risk. o Once AIDS entered blood supply, hemophiliacs were at high risk. Where do populations at the highest risk live? • Geographic distribution of the disease or health-related condition o Big cities with high homosexual population o Africa 2. Biological perspective: What is the disease agent? • Biologic o Virus How is it transmitted? • Blood borne • Sexually transmitted What are possible ways to interrupt transmission, the course of disease or death? • Primary prevention o Safe sex practices • Tertiary prevention o Prescription drugs (i.e. AZT) 3. Clinical perspective: What are the clinical manifestations (symptoms) of the disease?What are the clinical manifestations (symptoms) of the disease?...
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- Spring '08
- Epidemiology, Steven Arias