attitudes- Response 02 - This week's reading posed a different side of the AIDS debate that I did not previously consider When it came to policies

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This week's reading posed a different side of the AIDS debate that I did not previously consider. When it came to policies regarding the epidemic, I mostly thought about the way that governments responded to the disease, but as Epstein illustrates, just as much as there was a rigorous debate amongst politicians, there was a similarly strong debate among those within the scientific community. What struck me was how this scientific debate actually led to, in some cases, efforts to help curb the outbreak, and in other cases, efforts were made that facilitated the outbreak. As early research came out, what was a common trend which the author notes is an inability to escape the idea that being gay was a causal factor to having the disease. It was the CDC in many cases that attempted to refute the idea that women could carry the deficiency. This type of attitude within the scientific community eventually led to the name GRID (gay-related immune deficiency), which put the onus right on the homosexual community. As this was going on, there certainly was research proving

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