AIDS AT 30

Sex, Drugs And HIV-Phobia: 10 Lessons From Early AIDS Awareness Posters

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1986 – AIDS Causes Blindness
created by the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, Inc.

When AIDS first emerged, neither the press, the medical community nor the general public knew much about its transmission or how to avoid it. As a result, 47 percent of all Americans in 1985 said that they’d avoid someone who had tested positive, 54 percent said that people with AIDS should carry an AIDS-identification card for employment and 25 percent thought that employers should be able to fire anyone infected with AIDS.

Even today, some Americans and medical professionals still fear associating with HIV-positive people.