publication . Article . Other literature type . 2008

Wealth, health, HIV and the economics of hope

Mark D Weston; Tony Barnett;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Aug 2008
  • Country: United Kingdom
HIV/AIDS primarily affects people of working age. Population susceptibility is poorly understood. This paper speculates that an operationally defined concept of hope may offer new ways of understanding its social epidemiology. Hope is directly linked to the future in as much as it determines the value people place on that future. Individual and communal levels of hope may vary, with consequent impacts on HIV transmission. HIV/AIDS in turn may reduce hope and thereby reduce societies’ future wellbeing. The paper concludes by offering recommendations for research, programming and policy.
free text keywords: Immunology, Immunology and Allergy, Infectious Diseases, Article, Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), medicine.disease, medicine, Gerontology, Population, education.field_of_study, education, Social responsibility, Happiness, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Socioeconomic status, Poverty, Social epidemiology, Economic growth, Public policy, business.industry, business
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