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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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The Repoliticization of AIDS

The Repoliticization of AIDS

(p.252) 11 The Repoliticization of AIDS
AIDS in the UK

Virginia Berridge

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the phase when the meaning of AIDS as a disease gradually changed and health politicians changed. The idea of a national survey of sexual life-styles had originated in several different research groupings during 1986–7. The compliance rate of this survey had been disappointingly low but some of the researchers wanted to remain with the commercial model of research and improve on it. A new Home Secretary, Michael Howard, appeared to favour a ‘hard line’ approach to drugs, with increased penalties. Researchers in 1992 foun out that the AIDS Support Grant to local authorities for the period 1993–4 had been cut by nearly 20%. HIV/AIDS was moving into a paradigm which drew on the historical traditions of sexually transmitted disease and of the family-planning movement.

Keywords:   AIDS, sexual life-style, compliance rate, Michael Howard, AIDS Support Grant, family-planning movement

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