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The Politics of HIV/AIDS Research: An Interview with Nicoli Nattrass

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Nicoli Nattrass is a professor of economics and the director of the AIDS and Society Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. She has published widely in the areas of economic policy and the political economy of AIDS. Recent publications include The AIDS Conspiracy: Science Fights Back (Columbia University Press, 2012), Mortal Combat: AIDS Denialism and the Struggle for Anti-retrovirals in South Africa (University of KwaZulu-Natal Press 2007) and The Moral Economy of AIDS in South Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2003). In 2008, Nicoli Nattrass published "AIDS and the Scientific Governance of Medicine in Post-Apartheid South Africa," in which she argued that approximately 343,000 deaths and 171,000 new HIV infections could have been avoided had the government rolled out Anti-Retrovirals (ARVs). She spoke to us in February 2012 about the article's reception and reflected on the politics of the knowledge commons from the perspective of a "practitioner."

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-05-01

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