Transmission of AIDS
Sande, Merle A.
New England Journal of Medicine. 1986 Feb 6; 314(6): 380-382.
Societal fears that acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is an infectious disease capable of transmission by casual contact have spurred efforts to counteract and dispel such anxieties. The Centers for Disease Control have had a critical role in convincing a skeptical public that AIDS by and large is spread by sexual contact, by the injection or transfusion of contaminated blood, or by transmission from pregnant woman to fetus. Other modes of transmission are very rare, and casual contact has not been shown to cause infection even among family members living with an infected person. Physicians are urged to take an active role in quelling the hysteria over AIDS and to oppose discrimination against AIDS victims or those in high-risk groups. (KIE abstract)
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