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Fighting a Rising Tide

The Response to AIDS in East Asia

Edited by Tadashi Yamamoto and Satoko Itoh

This book examines government, civil society, corporate, and media responses to the rising tide of HIV/AIDS infection in the region. Countries such as Australia had early, concentrated epidemics. Others, like China, are experiencing rapidly growing epidemics. Thailand has seen high but declining prevalence rates while Vietnam is seeing exponential growth in rates among specific populations, particularly intravenous drug users. Meanwhile, Japan and others still have low prevalence rates, but need to remain vigilant and active if they are to avoid an epidemic. The varied responses by each society to the rising threat offer critical and practical lessons. Equally important is the increasing recognition that many problems contributing to the spread of HIV/AIDS are cross-border issues that must be addressed collaboratively. This volume provides detailed analyses by experts in the field who offer insight into the efforts occurring in their own societies to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS. Contributors include William Bowtell (Lowy Institute for International Policy, Australia), Chanto Doung Sisowath (Pannasastra University of Cambodia), Zunyou Wu (National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, China), Nafsiah Mboi (Indonesian National AIDS Commission), Karen Houston Smith (Family Health International, Indonesia), Satoko Itoh (Japan Center for International Exchange), Surin Shin (Korean Alliance to Defeat AIDS), Chanthone Khamsibounheuang (Lao National AIDS Center), Rozaidah Talib (Parliament of Malaysia), Eugenio M. Caccam Jr. (Philippine Business for Social Progress), Steve Hsu-Sung Kuo, Su-Fen Tsai, Huang Yen-Fang, and Wiput Phoolcharoen (Taiwan Center for Disease Control), and Pham Sanh Chau (Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

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