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HIV/AIDS in the 21st Century: looking forward to what?

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Professor Tony Barnett, LSE, and Professor Alan Whiteside, University of KwaZulu-Natal, will discuss HIV/AIDS in the 21st century, in a public event at LSE on Monday 24 May.

The first cases of AIDS were reported almost exactly 25 years ago. Professors Barnett and Whiteside will argue that the response to the disease is muddle headed and inadequate. They will show how much of our response is short term political opportunism, and suggest that this failure to deal with AIDS bodes ill for the next epidemics we will face.

This event marks the launch of the completely revised and updated second edition of their book AIDS in the Twenty-First Century: disease and globalization|. First published in 2002, AIDS in the Twenty-First Century met with widespread praise from researchers and policy makers. This new edition is fully revised to take account of the latest facts and developments in the field. All statistics and evidence have been updated and their meanings reconsidered. Developments in vaccines, anti-retroviral treatments and microbicides are discussed along with information about the president's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

  • Professor Tony Barnett is ESRC professorial research fellow at LSE and director of LSEAIDS.
  • Professor Alan Whiteside is director of the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD), University of KwaZulu-Natal.

This event is one of a series of lectures held under the auspices of LSEAIDS and is funded by the Department for International Development.

HIV/AIDS in the 21st Century: looking forward to what? is on Wednesday 24 May 2006 at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.


To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk|


LSEAIDS brings together leading social scientists at the LSE to confront the social and economic implications of HIV/ AIDS. Its goals are to:

  • understand the social, economic and historical roots of the epidemic;
  • understand how the epidemic affects social, economic and environmental futures;
  • develop practical policy responses in relation to prevention, treatment and care, and impact mitigation;
  • offer policy research and training to business, government, international and civil society organisations.

AIDS in the Twenty-First Century: disease and globalization by Professor Tony Barnett, LSE, and Professor Alan Whiteside is published by Palgrave Macmillan in May 2006. People attending this event may purchase the book at a 20 per cent reduction on the cover price.

Press cuttings

Sunday Herald
Aids (14 May)
Professor Tony Barnett and Professor Alan Whiteside, authors of a seminal book on the disease, Aids In The 21st Century: Disease And Globalisation, have described it as 'disgraceful' that nearly three decades on, an effective global response to HIV has yet to be developed. Interview with the authors and mention of their lecture at LSE next week.

11 May 2006