Excert from the publishers website:
From the very beginning of the epidemic, AIDS was linked to punishment. Calls to punish people living with HIV—mostly stigmatized minorities—began before doctors had even settled on a name for the disease. Punishing Disease looks at how HIV was transformed from sickness to badness under the criminal law and investigates the consequences of inflicting penalties on people living with disease. Now that the door to criminalizing sickness is open, what other ailments will follow? With moves in state legislatures to extend HIV-specific criminal laws to include diseases such as hepatitis and meningitis, the question is more than academic.
Trevor Hoppe is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University at Albany, State University of New York, and a coeditor of The War on Sex.
"We might like to think that public health policy in the twenty-first century is enlightened and guided by science. Trevor Hoppe’s Punishing Disease shatters any such illusion. In this carefully researched and meticulously argued book, Hoppe shows how fear and stigma have combined with Americans' belief that people are responsible for their own health and our increasing reliance on the criminal justice system to effectively criminalize HIV status. This important book should be read not only by those who are interested in America’s response to HIV but also by everyone who cares about public health policy."—Wendy E. Parmet, Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Health and Policy Law, Northeastern University