Public Opinion and AIDS: Lessons for the Second Decade
Blendon, Robert J.
Knox, Richard A.
JAMA. 1992 Feb 19; 267(7): 981-986.
In 1988, we published an overview of then current public opinion data about AIDS. In this discussion, we review the results of more recent national opinion surveys to reveal some common themes in the public's attitudes about AIDS as the nation faces its second decade of caring for afflicted persons and tries to slow the escalation of the epidemic. First, we present data on general attitudes about the severity of the epidemic and the public's perceptions of personal risk, and we update trends on discriminatory attitudes toward people with AIDS. Second, given this climate of opinion, we look at the realities of shaping AIDS policy in the 1990s.
Adults; Aids; Aids Serodiagnosis; Attitudes; Caring; Children; Confidentiality; Disease; Drug Abuse; Duty to Warn; Discrimination; Employment; Famous Persons; Government; Government Regulation; Health; Health Personnel; HIV Seropositivity; Iatrogenic Disease; Legal Rights; Mass Screening; Public Health; Public Opinion; Public Policy; Refusal to Treat; Regulation; Review; Rights; Risk; Social Discrimination; Stigmatization; Students; Survey; Surveys; Trends;
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