Christopher J Colvin
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Reviewed by Josefien Van Olmen  & IHP team

The authors show, taking some historical perspective, how the perceptions about the disease HIV/AIDS have changed over time. They show bright insight with of the consequences of looking different at a particular disease for how you deal with it in a health system, with their remark on the approach of HIV/AIDS exceptionalism versus HIV/AIDS as ‘another’ chronic disease.

Further in the article, the authors examine the chronic character of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and highlight some of the changes we might expect to see at the global level as HIV is increasingly normalised as “just another chronic disease”. The article also addresses the use of this language of chronicity to interpret the HIV/AIDS pandemic and calls into question some of the consequences of an uncritical acceptance of concepts of chronicity.


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