. Vox Populi Suprema Lex Est

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:
. Vox Populi Suprema Lex Est

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This chapter discusses the initial fear in public opinion caused by the AIDS epidemic, focusing on the racism and homophobia that ensued in various developed countries as a result of the spread of this disease. It also discusses the politicization of AIDS in the approaches that developed countries took in promoting awareness, education and knowledge of HIV/AIDS and how it is transmitted, controlled, and prevented. The social aspects of the laws and health policies that were enacted in these developed countries to control and prevent HIV/AIDS are discussed as well, including the criminalization of transmissive behavior and health insurance reforms.

Keywords: AIDS; HIV; health education; laws; health insurance; social aspects; racism; homophobia

Chapter.  10400 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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