Pisani also challenges the Aids industry mantra that HIV is a The wisdom of whores of poverty and gender inequality.
Here is her solution: But she admits to the use of percentages by UNAIDS as a "beat-up" technique to raise international alarm in the hope of generating money. The wisdom of Whores: Not only do junkies have sex, contrary to popular myth, their partners often engage in risky behavior that is highly likely to further pass on HIV She is furious at the faith-based initiatives that have mushroomed under Bush, diverting badly needed prevention money into programmes that teach abstinence-only, or campaign against prostitution and condemn all attempts to make commercial sex safer and better regulated as abetting a form of slavery.
Despite all of the historical, political, social evidence. The chapter on injecting drug use is stunning: The British and the Indian music will start off at the same volume because back then, diarrhoea was killing roughly the same proportion of the population in those cities.
Paris in summer Most people spend long summer evenings in Paris strolling arm in arm around the boulevards, sitting in cafes or lolling in parks. International funds from the United States require that supplies and drugs be purchased from the United States.
Though creating awareness and understanding of the HIV epidemic is certainly one useful strategy and one assumes this book is part of that strategyPisani never explains a framework for moving forward. Comments Off on World Health Day: Women were portrayed as defenceless victims of rampant men.
Will it change the world? Another neglected theme is the effect of massive HIV funding on health services in general. She responds to numerous counterarguments, provides a vast array of empirical evidence, as well as many personal anecdotes as case studies.
Overall, Pisani provides an insightful book. Actually, one of the main frustrations that Pisani deals with in the book is the fact that AIDS had to be made about innocent wives and children for the international community to gear into action, as opposed to the real populations at risk in most parts of the world except Africa, and she shows that even in Africa, the innocent wives and children trope does not work, as the data show: She also blows away the smokescreen created by the international community that the fierce spread of Aids in parts of Africa is due to poverty and underdevelopment, rather than patterns of sexual behaviour, because to state the latter might appear racist.
Bangladesh has high levels of both, but low rates of HIV. For Pisani, dictatorship is more constructive than democracy. Neither the colonial government nor the many subsequent Indian governments have invested sufficiently in basic sanitation, and tens of thousands of children continue to die of diarrhoea in Indian cities to this day.
If we behaved more like Big Tobacco, in fact. In many African countries, HIV levels are highest in rich households and lowest among the poor. Her summary nicely spells out the difference between epidemiologists and ethnographers. Pisani writes with candour and humour, both essential given the general squeamishness with regard to the subjects she has to discuss.
But as the pages turn, the interlocking universe of bureaucrats and sex work and NGOs and agencies yields fascinating insights into the pandemic. None of this is easily measured. In Ghana, for instance, staff, vehicles and energy have been diverted from more routine activities such as family planning to HIV, despite the fact that unsafe abortion, itself a reflection of inadequate family planning services, probably kills more women than AIDS.
Anal sex, forced sex, and having other STIs all increase the chance of transmission. Finally, Pisani has also no patience for the workings of the international community and civil society, the demands that donors put on local activists, the circuits of money distribution which end up sometimes producing ridiculous policies:Elizabeth Pisani's blog about HIV and other sundry things.
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The Wisdom of Whores by Elizabeth Pisani This controversial book addresses how sex and drugs have turned the global epidemic of HIV into a billion-dollar-a-year industry.5/5(2). The Wisdom of Whores – Elizabeth Pisani By Lars Lofgren After nearly a decade of conducting AIDS/HIV research in Southeast Asia, Elizabeth Pisani recants the lessons she has learned while helping governments and NGO’s reduce the spread of this disease.
Cross-posted from The Global Sociology Blog. Elizabeth Pisani's The Wisdom of Whores - Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS is a great book (along with a great website).
Elizabeth Pisani is an epidemiologist with years of experience working on HIV/AIDS (or sex and drugs, as she puts, which sounds a lot, well, sexier) at a variety. Wisdom of Whores When trawling through the RSS feeds that I subscribe to, occasionally I come across a heading that may be off the subject that I’m researching, but makes me wonder what the article is about.
The Wisdom of Whores recounts her work for (and increasingly against) the funding and technical juggernauts of UNAIDS, Family Health International (FHI), the World Bank, the WHO, and the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in defining and surveilling upon HIV and AIDS/5.Download