AIDS course explores ‘perfect ecology’ of a killer

by Brian Mattmiller, UW-Madison Communications

Few infectious diseases in human history have posed more public health challenges than HIV/AIDS, a disease that has emerged in the past three decades to infect more than 40 million people worldwide.

But it is not only the medical challenges of AIDS that make the disease so vexing. Behavior, politics, economics, ideology and culture have all played a role in fostering “a perfect ecology” for the pandemic, one that will require more than just medicine to control.

A new course at UW-Madison is exploring the AIDS pandemic from all of these varied points of view. Global AIDS: Interdisciplinary Perspectives has attracted undergraduate students from biology and medicine, political science, foreign language and history who are looking for a bigger-picture understanding of the disease… Click here for the entire story.