AIDS, Activism, and the Politics of Health
Wachter, Robert M.
New England Journal of Medicine. 1992 Jan 9; 326(2): 128-133.
...A decade into the epidemic and five years after the founding of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), the best-known activist group, it is appropriate to examine AIDS activism and its implications in the broad arena of health policy. In doing so, I will focus on four questions. First, what are the roots of AIDS activism, and why was the epidemic six years old before the movement crystallized? Second, why has AIDS activism been so successful in influencing policy? Third, what are the challenges faced by AIDS activists five years later? And finally, is this model of activism applicable to other diseases?
Age Factors; Aids; Biomedical Research; Cancer; Decision Making; Dementia; Drugs; Federal Government; Females; Financial Support; Food; Government; Health; Health Care; HIV Seropositivity; Homosexuals; Patient Advocacy; Patient Care; Political Activity; Politics; Public Participation; Public Policy; Power; Regulation; Research; Resource Allocation; Social Impact; Socioeconomic Factors; Statistics;