Chapter

. Discrimination and Its Discontents

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520243507.003.0006
. Discrimination and Its Discontents

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This chapter discusses the forms of discrimination of AIDS patients and HIV infection high-risk groups in different developed countries, including the ways these countries are dealing with this issue. Western nations differed significantly in how they countered discrimination against the infected. Attitudes toward AIDS victims varied in tandem with the legal protection offered the handicapped, women, and ethnic and other minorities in the legal systems considered here. In the United States, the issue of discrimination against the victims of HIV was incorporated as part of broader protections for the handicapped. This chapter also discusses the regulations imposed by industrialized countries on prostitution as this is a possible area for the transmission of HIV/AIDS. The issues related to HIV/AIDS among medical personnel and prisoners, as well as aspects regarding insurance coverage and marriage are also discussed.

Keywords: AIDS; HIV; discrimination; social aspects; laws; prostitution; disease transmission; health insurance; risk groups

Chapter.  10623 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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