The Vicious Cycle of AIDS, Poverty, and Neoliberalism

Bernardo Useche, Amalia L. Cabezas

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World maps illustrating areas of high poverty largely overlap those of high HIV/AIDS prevalence. It's no coincidence that both poverty and the HIV/AIDS pandemic have run rampant in these last two decades of neoliberalism, as the root causes of both can be found in the economic model.1 The most recent UN figures show the true magnitude of the tragedy: Approximately 40 million people are currently living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or are suffering from illnesses associated with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). In 2003 alone, 5 million people joined the list of those who tested HIV-positive, and nearly 3 million others died from complications associated with AIDS.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wages of Empire
Subtitle of host publicationNeoliberal Policies, Repression, and Women’s Poverty
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781317249481
ISBN (Print)9781594513473
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015


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