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The Syphilis Epidemic and its Relation to AIDS

Allan M. Brandt
Science
New Series, Vol. 239, No. 4838 (Jan. 22, 1988), pp. 375-380
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1700232
Page Count: 6
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The Syphilis Epidemic and its Relation to AIDS
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Abstract

This article presents an overview of the history of medical and public health responses to syphilis in the 20th-century United States and briefly evaluates the relevance and significance of these approaches for the AIDS epidemic. The parallels are numerous: they relate to science, public health, civil liberties, and social attitudes concerning sexually transmitted infection. The strengths and limits of past approaches to controlling sexually transmitted diseases are explored as a possible guide for AIDS policy.

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