The Wisdom of Whores by Elizabeth Pisani

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We know how to prevent AIDS. Yet on this very day, around 12,000 people worldwide will contract HIV. Why? The Wisdom of Whores tells you why. In this breakneck ride through the red-light districts of East Asia and other hotspots in the flamboyant world of AIDS prevention, writer-scientist Elizabeth Pisani dishes on both friends and enemies in the battles where she has been on the front lines for more than a decade.
 

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Published June 2, 2008 by W. W. Norton. 393 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of Aids by Elizabeth Pisani Granta £17.99, pp372 When it comes to statistics, particularly medical statistics, most of us casually absorb what we read in the press with barely a moment's thought as to how the figures in question were ar...

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The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of Aids by Elizabeth Pisani 372pp, Granta, £17.99 "'In the Aids industry," writes Elizabeth Pisani, "we were all whores."

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In a footnote, Pisani tells us "I later gave my father a T-shirt with a picture of a slap-up fried breakfast and the slogan 'This is your brain on drugs with bacon and a side order of toast', but he never wore it."

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Politicians are much happier when they can say they are giving money to treat pregnant women so they don't spread the disease to their unborn child, or to treat a child who was born with the virus, than they are in allocating money to help people who have sex and use drugs from catching it.

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The Wisdom Of Whores can be purchased directly from Penguin Canada or an online retailer like Amazon.ca Page 1 — Page 2 — Page 3 — Page 4

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For ten years of her life, starting in 1996, Ms Pisani worked on the front lines of HIV/AIDs research looking for patterns in how the disease was spread, developing ways of curbing the spread of the diseases, trying to figure out how many people were potentially at risk, and of course dealing wit...

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The Bottom LineElizabeth Pisani's The Wisdom of Whores is a fascinating mixture of autobiography, exotic seedy adventure, and policy analysis.

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