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AIDS in the UKThe Making of Policy, 1981-1994$
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Virginia Berridge

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204725

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204725.001.0001

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Changing the Consensus: Screening and Testing

Changing the Consensus: Screening and Testing

(p.209) 9 Changing the Consensus: Screening and Testing
AIDS in the UK

Virginia Berridge

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Epidemiology and the revised predictions of epidemic spread were the crucial determinants of the normalized response to the syndrome. Through the issue of HIV and how it related to health care workers, public health and clinical medicine traditions coalesced in powerful combination. The doctor–patient relationship was the determining force. A flurry of policy decisions came in the autumn of 1988 as a new group of politicians took the measure of AIDS. The House of Commons Social Services Committee produced its first report on AIDS in 1987. The focus on children and women and mothers in AIDS anonymous screening thus had a double significance. Professional self-regulation also operated in terms of the doctor and patient relationship and the question of testing. The long standing traditions of the drug-policy arena came into play.

Keywords:   epidemiology, self-regulation, health education, doctor–patient relationship, AIDS

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