A Public Health Crisis

Description

Health workers sought to get the word out about AIDS and prevent the spread of the disease. This meant tailoring messages to reach audiences who differed in culture, education, income, behavior, and level of trust in public institutions.

Educators faced widespread ignorance of and resistance to understanding how AIDS was transmitted. They had to contend with public concerns over discussions of sexual matters and the stigma associated with the populations most at risk.

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Initially ignored by mainstream America, gay people in every major city created a parallel system of volunteer-run service organizations to supply care, information, and referrals to those with AIDS.

Initially ignored by mainstream America, gay people in every major city created a parallel system of volunteer-run service organizations to supply care, information, and referrals to those with AIDS.

Surgeon General C. Everett Koop presented the government’s position on the epidemic in 1986 with straightforward and frank medical information.

The Gay Men’s Health Crisis distributed explicit material such as this 1982 brochure.

Health care workers needed specific information about ways to protect themselves from infection.