Seeking The Positives: A Life Spent on the Cutting Edge of Public Health

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What’s it like to be on the front lines of sexually transmitted disease control? How do public health workers figure out patterns of transmission? Answer: by persistently tracing, and working with, those at high risk: adventurous young people, drug users, prostitutes, street gangsters, gays, “tri-sexuals" (those who try anything), and people one would not suspect to be at risk. The author draws from his more than three decades of experience running an exceptionally effective local STD/HIV control program — exceptional because this program habitually challenged the received wisdom, bringing scientific rigor to an area that previously lacked it. It also introduced innovative tools, such as network analysis, to elucidate STD propagation dynamics on the community level. Science is the major theme unifying both this control program and this book. Lastly, the author details the failures of both the international health agencies (CDC, WHO, UNAIDS) and researchers in academia to implement scientifically rigorous studies of HIV transmission that could reliably answer the question: “Why Africa”?

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John Potterat is one of the country’s leading sexually transmissible diseases epidemiologists. He has devoted his professional life to STD/HIV control since 1968, first with the CDC’s syphilis eradication program (1968–1972) and, subsequently (1972–2001), with the health department in Colorado Springs, where he focused on community STD/HIV transmission dynamics; on the configuration of sexual networks underlying gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HIV transmission; on contact tracing initiatives; and on the epidemiology of prostitution. He is currently an independent consultant specializing in the epidemiology of AIDS in Africa, with time to pursue his favorite hobbies: reading non-fiction, tennis, and collecting ancient coins. He is married—with grown, independent children—and lives with his wife Susan and black Lab Emmy in Colorado Springs.

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