. To Die Laughing

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:
. To Die Laughing

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This chapter discusses the social influence and movement among high-risk groups in society with regard to HIV/AIDS control and prevention programs. How nations responded to the epidemic depended on the reactions of the affected, both negatively (gays, but also various ethnic minorities, prostitutes, intravenous drug addicts, and hemophiliacs) and positively (public health experts, pharmaceutical researchers and companies, scientists, and physicians). Often these groups interacted harmoniously, coordinating interests. Scientists discovered, for example, that gay activists could help force health insurance companies to reimburse experimental drugs, whose cost would otherwise come from research budgets. This chapter also discusses the social issues that minority groups, including gays and AIDS patients, face with regard to human rights, access to health care and health funding.

Keywords: AIDS; HIV; health care; public health; risk groups; homosexuals; lobby groups

Chapter.  15649 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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