Bmj Usa: Letter


BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 19 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:E135

From BMJ USA 2002;August:467

The following comments are excerpted from the Rapid Responses generated by the article by Hart and Wellings on Sexual behaviour and its medicalisation (BMJ 2002;324:896–900), which can be read in full at—Editor

AIDS prevention as medicalization of sexuality

  1. Alain Giami, director of research (
  1. Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, Le Kremlin Bicêtre, Cedex, France
  2. New York University School of Medicine, New York

    Editor—Hart and Wellings pay insufficient attention to HIV-AIDS prevention efforts undertaken during the mid-1980s, which may represent the most significant medicalization of sexuality in the 20th century. The enormous social, scientific, medical, and public health consequences of these efforts speak to the complex and multiple dimensions of such a process.

    In the absence of a vaccine and of a “magic bullet” against the virus …

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