Course Name: How and Why: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic
Instructor: Paul Duffin
“Gay cancer”, “gay plague”, AIDS has been called many names. Nearly 37 million people now live with AIDS and it has killed an estimated 39 million people. Where did AIDS come from? Why did it become an epidemic? Why were homosexuals blamed for the disease? How did scientists discover HIV? Why was the public so afraid? This course will explore the people, politics, and discoveries of the AIDS crises. We will consider how public policy was partially to blame for the death rate and slow discovery of the disease. Additionally, we will discuss the future of AIDS prevention, treatment, and possible eradication of AIDS.