AIDS might have been tackled differently if it had presented as a disease of women

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7052.303c (Published 03 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:303
  1. Lars H Breimer
  1. Clinical lecturer 24 Manor Park, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1XZ

    EDITOR,—To understand why AIDS has been treated differently from previous epidemics and venereal diseases in terms of legislation, it is worth considering that AIDS originally presented as a disease of men spread by men. It was soon recognised that HIV can also be spread by the intravenous route, including through needle sharing by drug misusers. Later, heterosexual …

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