Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthpol.2006.03.002
Title: Public image and governance of epidemics: Comparing HIV/AIDS and SARS
Authors: Quah, S.R. 
Keywords: Asia
Epidemics
HIV/AIDS
Medical sociology
Public image of disease
Risk-taking
SARS
Issue Date: 2007
Source: Quah, S.R. (2007). Public image and governance of epidemics: Comparing HIV/AIDS and SARS. Health Policy 80 (2) : 253-272. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthpol.2006.03.002
Abstract: A comparative analysis of the 2002-2003 infectious disease outbreak, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and the HIV/AIDS epidemic that has affected the world over the past two decades reveals the significant role of socio-cultural beliefs and attitudes in the shaping of people's lifestyles and approaches to the control and prevention of epidemics. The main research question is: what can we learn from the SARS experience about effective prevention of HIV/AIDS? The sources of data include population figures on the development of these epidemics and findings from two sociological studies of representative samples of Singapore's multi-ethnic population. The comparative study illustrates the impact of cultural beliefs and attitudes in shaping the public image of these two different infectious diseases; the relevance of public image of the disease for effective prevention and control of epidemics. © 2006 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Health Policy
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/23503
ISSN: 01688510
DOI: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2006.03.002
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