. What Came First

Peter Baldwin

in Disease and Democracy

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780520243507
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940796 | DOI:
. What Came First

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This chapter begins by providing a historical account of how developed countries have dealt with the control and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases through the enactment of quarantine laws. It also discusses how these old laws may not be applicable to the current AIDS epidemic, and how enactment of such laws may obstruct personal rights of individuals. It was not for scientific or epidemiological reasons that a traditional course was resisted in certain countries, but for political ones. The lifestyles of the infected and those at risk determined whether the epidemic spread or not. From this it might follow that voluntary behavioral change was necessary and the best prophylactic hope.

Keywords: AIDS; laws; quarantine; disease control; disease prevention; sexually transmitted diseases; epidemics

Chapter.  4002 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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