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By Virginia Berridge, Philip Strong

ISBN-10: 0511522908

ISBN-13: 9780511522901

ISBN-10: 0521414776

ISBN-13: 9780521414777

The appearance of AIDS has resulted in a revival of curiosity within the old dating of affliction to society. There now exists a brand new recognition of AIDS and background, and of AIDS itself as an old occasion. this offers the starting-point of this number of essays. Its dual topics are the 'pre-history' of the impression of AIDS, and its next background. Essays within the part at the 'pre-history' of AIDS examine the contexts opposed to which AIDS will be measured. The part on AIDS as heritage provides chapters via historians and coverage scientists on such themes as British and US medicinal drugs coverage, the later years of AIDS guidelines within the united kingdom and the emergence of AIDS as a political factor in France. a last bankruptcy seems to be on the archival strength within the AIDS region. As a complete the quantity demonstrates the contribution that historians could make within the research of near-contemporary occasions.

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Moral panic theory, moreover, does not explain why these social flurries of anxiety occur: they simply draw our attention to certain recurring phenomena, providing a template for description rather than a full analysis. Explanations of the AIDS panic must be found in all the other factors we have discussed. Nevertheless, with all these qualifications, there is still some merit in using the term 'moral panic' as a way of describing the first major public stage of the response to AIDS, between roughly 1983 and 1986, not least because a perception of how the public was reacting determined the responses both of the community most affected, and of the government.

Explanations of the AIDS panic must be found in all the other factors we have discussed. Nevertheless, with all these qualifications, there is still some merit in using the term 'moral panic' as a way of describing the first major public stage of the response to AIDS, between roughly 1983 and 1986, not least because a perception of how the public was reacting determined the responses both of the community most affected, and of the government. The complexity of social responses My argument is that initial reactions to AIDS were structured by a complex history, which in turn produced a complex set of responses.

The government in practice adopted traditional public health policies aimed at prevention rather than the more punitive policies of detention and segregation advocated by some of its supporters. 44 The advice that the Health Secretary offered to the nation - to use condoms, and avoid needle sharing - was not only sensible, it was essential. Only a public education campaign to increase awareness of HIV and AIDS, it was believed, would change people's behaviour. This new policy was undoubtedly inspired by the threat of a heterosexual epidemic, which had been dramatised by the publication of the US Surgeon-General's report on AIDS in October 1986.

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