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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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1985: The Liberal Response Defined

1985: The Liberal Response Defined

(p.55) 3 1985: The Liberal Response Defined
AIDS in the UK

Virginia Berridge

Oxford University Press

AIDS had been an issue for gay men, for clinicians and scientists, since 1982. AIDS assumed the dimensions of a serious public, departmental, and political issue during the course of 1985. From late 1984 and into 1985, AIDS began to impinge on the public consciousness to a much greater extent than it had done before. The number of AIDS deaths hit the press headlines. Professional groups, nurses, and laboratory workers showed concern, and politicians began to press for a response based on exclusion and isolation. Both the media and public opinion in general supported such a line, and significant pressure groups close to the government wanted a response based on the assertion of family values. The economics of AIDS also had a part to play, as did the question of health-care worker infection.

Keywords:   gay men, clinicians, laboratory workers, pressure groups, health-care worker

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