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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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1986: The Drugs Issue: AIDS Rises up the Policy Agenda

1986: The Drugs Issue: AIDS Rises up the Policy Agenda

(p.81) 4 1986: The Drugs Issue: AIDS Rises up the Policy Agenda
AIDS in the UK

Virginia Berridge

Oxford University Press

AIDS became a policy issue of the highest priority, indeed it soon became a matter of national emergency. Key members of the AIDS policy community, Philip Mortirner from the PHLS, Harold Gunson from the Blood Transfusion Service, Anthony Pinching and Dr Donald Acheson, travelled to Newcastle to speak. This was an impressive display of concern, as well as a display of the lack of scientific certainty which characterized the area. Local initiatives were important and the establishment of AIDS coordinators in particular was significant for later national policies. Britain had seemed to be firmly set in a mode of penal response at the time AIDS was beginning to spread among drug users. AIDS was subsequently credited with achieving the complete reversal of that policy.

Keywords:   national emergency, Blood Transfusion Service, AIDS, drug users, health policies

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