Rethinking ASOs? Literature Review Resource Page

AIDS exceptionalism grew out of the response to the pandemic in the late 1980s. AIDS activists advocated for both special resources and increased funding as a way to ensure the HIV/AIDS response was not subject to traditional top-down public health methods of disease control that could discourage people at risk from participating in HIV prevention, testing and treatment programs. Since that time, and especially since the introduction of highly active antiretroviral treatment (around 2006), debates about exceptionalism have surfaced. Recently, the discussions in Canada have centred around “service integration” — a the term being used to describe the integration of services around viral hepatitis, STIs and other health concerns into services that have been traditionally focused on HIV/AIDS prevention and care.

In order to set the stage for the Rethinking ASOs? Deliberative Dialogues in Halifax and Vancouver on November 24, 2014, we conducted a literature review around AIDS exceptionalism and the integration of AIDS services. On this page you will find:

  • A 20-minute video presentation of the findings from the literature review (please view prior to the event),
  • A link to a PDF of the presentation slides for your reference,
  • A link to a table of summaries from the literature considered in the review,
  • Links to additional optional readings, and
  • A comments section, where you can add thoughts, questions and ideas related to the video.


We gratefully acknowledge that the above video was recorded on the traditional, unceeded territories of the Coast Salish peoples.


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Click the image to the left to download the slides from Video 1: Review of the Literature: AIDS Exceptionalism & the Integration of AIDS Service Delivery.






Click the imagLiterature Summaries Imagee to the left to download a PDF of the entire list of literature reviewed as well as summaries of each. (Participants in the event are not required to review this, it is provided in case it is of interest.)



Additional resources of interest (not required reading for participation in the event, listed here for your interest):


Other Re-Thinking ASOs? resource pages: