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Sun shows how not to report a case of HIV

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6147 (Published 13 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6147
  1. Deborah Kirkham
  1. 1The BMJ

Critics are investigating the possibility that the UK national newspaper the Sun infringed press regulations with a story on its Remembrance Day front page headlined “Hollywood HIV panic.”1

The tabloid newspaper reported that “Hollywood was gripped with fear last night after a womanising A-list actor was diagnosed with HIV” but that it was “choosing not to name” the actor. The story continued, “His lawyers are believed to be aware of the situation and preparing for a raft of potential legal claims from previous lovers.”

An immediate media backlash ensued, with …

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