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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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‘National Risk’: The Work of the Cabinet Committee

‘National Risk’: The Work of the Cabinet Committee

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AIDS in the UK

Virginia Berridge

Oxford University Press

Against this backdrop of growing fear about the heterosexual spread of AIDS, about the role of women and children, about numbers and costs, political interest was finally ignited. Politicians had been reluctant to become associated with an issue which had such implications. For politicians, it meant entanglement with areas and forms of behaviour which were normally regarded as unacceptable. The focus of political interest at this stage remained the interdepartmental ministerial group on AIDS. Although much media analysis round the AIDS issue has focused on the role of the press in particular in promoting images of AIDS as a ‘gay plague’, this was not the only significant media reaction. But this growing media focus on the threat of AIDS, in particular on television, did appear to help to structure the response of central government. This chapter also explores how the wartime high-level political response had produced a moderate consensus towards the AIDS Control Act.

Keywords:   political interest, AIDS, media reaction, AIDS Control Act

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