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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In the 80s, "AIDS hysteria" gripped the nation with half of the population believing carriers should be placed in quarantine.
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.
And what better period than at the zenith of AIDS hysteria, under a government that stubbornly refused to address the crisis, to examine the heightened stigma keeping terrified young gay men in the closet?
"In the 1980s, when the AIDS hysteria was so high, a 20-plus page bill on confidentiality and HIV passed the Legislature.
Her book is worth buying and reading for just the 1986 essay from Womanews, "Wake Up, AIDS Hysteria Will Change Your Life." Schulman lays out in clear language why AIDS is a life-and-death issue for lesbians as well as gay men, and why lesbians in the AIDS activist movement feel that we are not fighting gay men's battles but our own:
At that moment, a little more than two years ago, Nicks came face-to-face with AIDS hysteria.
Stephen Voyne and Patricia Walker's offices with placards reading, "Gold Digger Dentists Promote AIDS Hysteria" and "Stop Novacaining Common Sense."
The idea that everything in the lab harbors a possibly fatal disease also promotes AIDS hysteria. It is no wonder that so many feel we deserve hazardous-duty pay.
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