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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 Chronic Disease?

The Chronic Disease?

(p.182) 8 The Chronic Disease?
AIDS in the UK

Virginia Berridge

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores how from 1987 onward, the way the syndrome was seen began to change. AIDS was perceived increasingly as a chronic, long-term disease, capable of ‘treatment’, or at least of palliative care. On the surface, shifting perceptions owed much to the interrelationships between epidemiological and biomedical constructions of disease which had shaped policy throughout. The focus shifted to the issues of how to manage living with AIDS rather than fears of dying from the infection.

Keywords:   AIDS, chronic disease, perceptions, epidemiology, syndrome

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