The course will start with a review of the known characteristics and pathology of the human immunodeficiency virus infection and the pathogenesis of the clinical acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Biological and behavioral factors that determine the risks of transmission of the HIV infection will be emphasized and public health prevention strategies will be evaluated. The global HIV epidemic will be considered along with the impact of HIV infection on vulnerable populations, especially women and children. Ethical factors and the impact of stigma will be discussed.
Prerequisite: EPI 512, “Epidemiology I”