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Am J Public Health. 1993 Apr;83(4):574-7.

Public reactions to AIDS in the United States: a second decade of stigma.

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Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis 95616-8686.

Abstract

The pervasiveness of stigma in the United States related to the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) was assessed in telephone interviews with a general adult sample (n = 538) and an African-American sample (n = 607). Most respondents manifested at least some stigma. African Americans expressed greater support for policies separating persons with AIDS from others and a stronger desire to avoid these persons, whereas Whites expressed more negative feelings toward them and a greater willingness to blame them for their illness. Regardless of race, men were more likely than women to support policies such as quarantine and to say that they would avoid persons with AIDS.

PMID:
8460738
PMCID:
PMC1694493
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.83.4.574
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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