AIDS: Activism and Alliances (Social Aspects of Aids Series) by Peter Aggleton

By Peter Aggleton

From the beginning of the AIDS epidemic there were demands better team spirit among affected teams and groups, and public overall healthiness providers. this is often noticeable either within the flow in the direction of fit alliances in health and wellbeing provider paintings, and within the calls for of AIDS activists around the globe. this article brings jointly especially chosen papers addressing those and similar subject matters given on the 8th convention on Social facets of AIDS held in London in past due 1995. one of the matters tested are occupation and coverage; the heightened vulnerability of teams equivalent to girls and more youthful homosexual males; and problems with drug use, incapacity and HIV prevention.

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2) However, those with HIV/AIDS are not seen by many in society as being affected by a tragic, undeserved event but rather infection with the virus is perceived to be the consequence of a self-induced affliction resulting from immoral and repugnant behaviour associated with a perverted lifestyle. This view thus questions whether such people are even deserving of sympathy let alone compensation (see, for example, Goss and AdamSmith, 1995). Discrimination against those with AIDS can be seen as a form of social oppression requiring the formal establishment of their civil rights.

Both contain provisions making discrimination unlawful in matters such as recruitment, pay and other terms of employment, promotion and dismissal if these are shown to be on the basis of disability. Both require employers to take action to facilitate the employment or continued employment of disabled people, termed ‘reasonable accommodation’ in the ADA and ‘reasonable adjustment’ in the DDA. Both concede that in determining what is ‘reasonable’ action, its cost in relation to the financial resources of the employer is to be taken into consideration.

Yet this incident worked to the advantage of the gay community by galvanizing the gay community ‘and everybody else for the next phase of the epidemic’ (Carr, 1992, p. 17). In May 1987 the government launched its first national education strategy, the now infamous ‘Grim Reaper’ campaign. It soon became obvious that it was doomed to failure as its target audience, the general community, was not really a community at risk. The following year both NACAIDS and the Task Force were abolished and replaced by the National Council on AIDS (ANCA), composed of seven medical and eight non-medical members.

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