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Disease and DemocracyThe  Industrialized World Faces AIDS$
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Peter Baldwin

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520243507

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520243507.001.0001

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. What Came First

. What Came First

(p.41) 2. What Came First
Disease and Democracy

Peter Baldwin

University of California Press

This chapter begins by providing a historical account of how developed countries have dealt with the control and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases through the enactment of quarantine laws. It also discusses how these old laws may not be applicable to the current AIDS epidemic, and how enactment of such laws may obstruct personal rights of individuals. It was not for scientific or epidemiological reasons that a traditional course was resisted in certain countries, but for political ones. The lifestyles of the infected and those at risk determined whether the epidemic spread or not. From this it might follow that voluntary behavioral change was necessary and the best prophylactic hope.

Keywords:   AIDS, laws, quarantine, disease control, disease prevention, sexually transmitted diseases, epidemics

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