AIDS phobia

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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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As in the great AIDS panic, the introduction of the Ebola infection into the American populace has resulted in confusion, speculation, and hysteria.
appeared in 1987, when the homophobia caused by AIDS panic had reached its height.
Fallout: Madness, death, boiled bunny and way too many articles explaining it's a metaphor for AIDS panic.
As Silversides documents, Michael's initial response to the AIDS panic was rooted in his political formation as a gay liberationist which led him to be extremely critical of both the medical profession, which had previously been very involved in labelling queers as sick, and also of the mainstream media framing of gay men.
This AIDS panic brings to mind an occurrence best known in the aviation industry: the near miss.
The novel A Home at the End of the World, which was published in 1990 and so reflects the full horrors of the pandemic, is concerned not only with AIDS panic but with homophobia as well.
The great AIDS panic has sucked billions of dollars from other disease investigations.
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