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Liebsack, R. 2024. A Comparative Analysis of HIV/AIDS in France and the United States: Historical Context and Preventative Actions. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska- Lincoln.


Copyright Rebecca Liebsack 2024.


The HIV/AIDS pandemic is the result of transmission of a zoonotic disease known as simian immunodeficiency virus. The pandemic has had profound social and economic consequences and continues to be present today. France and the United States’ response to the discovery of HIV will be compared and the impact that HIV/AIDS had on their countries and future responses. They had rather similar responses, however, the United States had a slower initial response compared to France. Both had similar takeaways such as aiming at improving prevention and utilizing tactics developed during the start of the pandemic like frequent testing and vaccines.