The Brazilian Response to AIDS and the Pharmaceuticalization of Global Health

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    This chapter examines the Brazilian response to AIDS, revealing the possibilities as well as the inequalities that accompany a magic-bullet approach to health care. It moves between a social analysis of the institutional practices shaping this therapeutic policy and an account of the experiences of people affected by it, particularly in impoverished urban settings where the epidemic is spreading most rapidly. It draws from interviews carried out with activists, policymakers, health professionals, and corporate actors and from longitudinal study of grassroots care services. A pharmaceutically-centered model of public health has crystallized and a multitude of networks and variations in AIDS care have emerged on-theground. Marginalized AIDS patients are often stigmatized as noncompliant or untreatable, becoming invisible to the public.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationAnthropology and Public Health
    Subtitle of host publicationBridging Differences in Culture and Society
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)9780199865390
    ISBN (Print)9780195374643
    StatePublished - Sep 1 2009

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • General Arts and Humanities


    • Brazil
    • Global AIDS treatment
    • Magic-bullet approach
    • Pharmaceuticals


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