What Do We Really Know About AIDS Control?
Judson, Franklyn N.
American Journal of Public Health. 1989 Jul; 79(7): 878-882.
For the near term, control of the AIDS epidemic depends entirely upon altering the human behavior which results in HIV transmission. How best to achieve the required changes has been controversial with approaches ranging from education/information only, to a vast array of largely unproven voluntary behavior modification techniques, to mandatory testing and restrictive measures. Given the complexity of human behavior and the reality of a still uncontrolled epidemic, at least among poor urban drug using minorities, there is a legitimate role for most approaches and any promising behavior modification strategy deserves evaluation. However, because voluntarism will not work for some individuals, society still must choose between effective public health law -- including restrictive measures -- now, and a much larger reservoir of HIV infection and more deaths from AIDS for many generations to come.
Aids; Aids Serodiagnosis; Behavior Control; Behavior Modification; Confidentiality; Contact Tracing; Contraception; Counseling; Drug Abuse; Duty to Warn; Discrimination; Education; Epidemiology; Evaluation; Females; Government; Health; Health Education; HIV Seropositivity; Homosexuals; Law; Legislation; Males; Mandatory Programs; Mandatory Testing; Mass Screening; Patient Compliance; Psychology; Public Health; Public Policy; Quarantine; Sexuality; Social Discrimination; State Government;
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