Globalization and the HIV epidemic
The HIV epidemic caught humanity by surprise with its unique aetiology, pathogenesis and epidemiology and its impact, not just on health, but also on society in general. Importantly, it has also prompted an unprecedented response from society. The concerted effort undertaken by multiple players, the availability of funding, the cross-boarder and interdisciplinary cooperation and the global awareness that have been connected with this epidemic are unparalleled. Globalization has affected both the spread of the disease and our collective response to the epidemic. This special issue of Globalization and Health presents various manuscripts published over the last five years that explore HIV/AIDS in its global context. The papers draw on a wide range of disciplinary perspectives from broad socio-political analysis to on-the-ground epidemiology, covering important developments in both theory and practice. Globalization and Health welcomes additional papers on this subject and looks forward to being a forum for further debate and discussion on the impact of globalization on the HIV epidemic.