. Every Man His Own Quarantine Officer

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:
. Every Man His Own Quarantine Officer

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This chapter discusses the logistical and financial burdens of testing entire populations for HIV/AIDS and the conditions that led to a more democratic approach to its surveillance, control, and prevention. Democratic public health was based on an implicit assumption that individuals would curb harmful behavior and develop healthy habits. The individualized approach to AIDS prevention exemplified this democratic style of public health. The condomization of society became seen as the basis of its freedom, both sexual and political. Individual precautions allowed citizens to avoid infection while permitting democratic society to sidestep drastic statutory interventions. The same preventive rules applied to all, infected or not: all must act as though at risk.

Keywords: AIDS; HIV; condoms; rights; public health; laws

Chapter.  11770 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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