Case Study Assignment

AIDS pandemic

Case Study Assignment
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Case Study Assignment

Description: The case study for this course is on the AIDS pandemic. The primary materials for the case study are located at

The documentary has separate 15 video installments that provide students with an overview of the political, social, public health, and medical dimensions of the pandemic, both within the United States and globally. Beyond the videos, clicking on timeline: 25 years of AIDS, (available on the main webpage) provides a repository of documents, maps, and interviews with key informants that help in providing context to the video presentations.

Students should place themselves in the dual position of being social science practitioner, researcher, health educator, and epidemiologist. In an actual field study this would involve interviews with individuals (which are provided in transcripts), review of scientific reports, and the development of an understanding of the contextual elements including but not limited to medical, public health, social, political, cultural, religious, economic, and ethnic. Further nuance would likely include but not be limited to the following:

1) identifying all pertinent political, social cultural, religious, economic, and affected population players in the situation (e.g., stakeholders) (who were they? Why were they important? How did they either positively affect or negatively affect the definition of the problem?)
2) investigating the nature of the disease (various mutations and timelines for mutations; identification as a virus/bacterial infection); (what were the various mutations & why did these pose difficulties? Why was the identification of it as a virus or bacterial infection important? Was a vaccine possible?)
3) what were/are the symptoms and how were/are they manifested in the patient; (what were the common symptoms in most patients?)
4) the mode(s) of transmission; ( what were they and how did the identification of modes change over time?)
5) the various theories of how the disease developed and was/is transmitted; (what were they & who put posited them?)
6) timeframes for disease conversion/activation within the host; (a significant piece in terms of prevention, intervention, and eradication)
7) the populations affected & how they were identified; (unfolding of the identification of populations is key feature)
8) the various stigma and discrimination associated with the disease and populations affected; (how was stigma and discrimination manifested for the different populations?)
9) aspects of public and personal denial that have slowed response to the pandemic; (give examples of public and personal denial affecting access/treatment/response)
10) aspects of societal discrimination that slowed response to the pandemic; give examples of public and personal discrimination affecting access/treatment/response)
11) medical barriers to assessment and treatment; (access to treatment, types of treatment available, health worker protocols)
12) involvement of various governmental agencies (US & Global); (what agencies were the lead agencies and what were there roles in the pandemic)
13) development of issue specific NGOs and non-profits; (a number of NGOs and non-profit foundations/organizations were developed during the pandemic, note them and their significance)
14) development of public and private funding apparatus to support the science and those affected by the disease; (generally through foundations and governmental funding streams, name them)
15) social, cultural, political turning points in the disease and overall response to it; (available through the timeline, give an overview of those you found most significant, and give discuss your reasoning as to why you identified those key points)
16) social and cultural media messages regarding the pandemic within the United States (these have developed through the mass media, political/religious speeches, the use of bumper stickers, government reports, theatre, etc. Give several examples and note why you think they are significant).


Review the video segments, take notes of various aspects of the videos, and organize them into the 16 aspects noted above; review all MMWRs from the beginning of the epidemic; review health care provider protocols, review blood donor protocols; and review specifically Jim Curran, Don Francis, and Bill Clinton interviews.

This assignment should be written single spaced, using APA format with a title page.
Main headings for the sections of the paper should be the 16 aspects noted above. Page length is less important than that the 16 aspects cover examples from all the videos. Reference to examples within the video should be noted in your answer. It is expected that each question will be answered thoroughly.