AIDS phobia

(redirected from AIDS hysteria)

AIDS phobia

A generic term that encompasses unfounded fears of having contracted AIDS and incorrect beliefs as to how HIV is transmitted, which, in certain susceptible individuals, result in bizarre behaviours meant to avoid contracting AIDS, including cleaning rituals and avoidance of either people with AIDS or those whose work brings them in contact with HIV-positive people.

AIDS phobia

A morbid fear, unsupported by any clear evidence, that one is suffering from AIDS. All the features of HYPOCHONDRIASIS are present but with intense concentration on AIDS. Various normal body functions and minor symptoms and signs are interpreted as proof of the presence of the disease.
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In the 80s, AIDS hysteria gripped the nation, with half of the population believing carriers should be placed in quarantine.
What is more challenging is portraying his father as a figure helping inflame AIDS hysteria early in the pandemic.
Both policies date to the late 1980's, when Helms, Congressman William Dannemeyer, and others took to the floor of Congress to whip up anti-gay AIDS hysteria.
In the 1980s, when the AIDS hysteria was so high, a 20-plus page bill on confidentiality and HIV passed the Legislature.
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