AIDS phobia

(redirected from AIDS fear)

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 1983, the dark days of AIDS fear and ignorance, O'Connor opened up a wing of a Catholic hospital to care for people with AIDS, the only hospital in the city at the time to do so.
It was also expected that those who viewed the film would have greater perceived vulnerability and greater AIDS fear than those who did not view the film.
Donations from homosexual men have been banned since the 1980s because of HIV and AIDS fears.
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The increase has occurred entirely among men, particularly men who have sex with men, and may represent a return to promiscuous behaviors in that segment of the population as AIDS fears have fallen from the limelight, CDC officials said in a telephone news conference.
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