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Editorial

Editorial Editorial is recognized as a powerful weapon in the fight against the AIDS epidemic. Thousands of dollars have been and continue to be committed to a massive program to educate the public. This educational effort must be one of delicate balance: combatting groundless fears and hysteria while promoting measures to ensure public health. Among the latter are safer sexual practices. An article in the January 1988 issue of Cosmopolitan assured women that they were at little risk of contracting AIDS through heterosexual intercourse. Written by a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst, the article drew severe and widespread criticism from members of the scientific and medical communities, public health officials, and concerned citizen groups. These criticisms focus on both the article's inaccuracies and its dangerous conclusions. According to its author, Robert E. Gould, M.D., the irrational fear of contracting AIDS through heterosexual intercourse is having "enormous repercussions in our society. The threat of AIDS," wrote Dr. Gould, "opens the This killing of our sexual selves, I feel, may be more door to old feelings of guilt, sinfulness, and immorality. destructive in the long run than the AIDS virus itself. We are once again being persuaded that sex is wrong, dirty, bad for us, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png AIDS Patient Care Mary Ann Liebert

Editorial

AIDS Patient Care , Volume 2 (2) – Apr 1, 1988

Editorial

AIDS Patient Care , Volume 2 (2) – Apr 1, 1988

Abstract

Editorial is recognized as a powerful weapon in the fight against the AIDS epidemic. Thousands of dollars have been and continue to be committed to a massive program to educate the public. This educational effort must be one of delicate balance: combatting groundless fears and hysteria while promoting measures to ensure public health. Among the latter are safer sexual practices. An article in the January 1988 issue of Cosmopolitan assured women that they were at little risk of contracting AIDS through heterosexual intercourse. Written by a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst, the article drew severe and widespread criticism from members of the scientific and medical communities, public health officials, and concerned citizen groups. These criticisms focus on both the article's inaccuracies and its dangerous conclusions. According to its author, Robert E. Gould, M.D., the irrational fear of contracting AIDS through heterosexual intercourse is having "enormous repercussions in our society. The threat of AIDS," wrote Dr. Gould, "opens the This killing of our sexual selves, I feel, may be more door to old feelings of guilt, sinfulness, and immorality. destructive in the long run than the AIDS virus itself. We are once again being persuaded that sex is wrong, dirty, bad for us,

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Publisher
Mary Ann Liebert
Copyright
Copyright 1988 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
ISSN
0893-5068
eISSN
1557-7449
DOI
10.1089/apc.1988.2.vii
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Abstract

Editorial is recognized as a powerful weapon in the fight against the AIDS epidemic. Thousands of dollars have been and continue to be committed to a massive program to educate the public. This educational effort must be one of delicate balance: combatting groundless fears and hysteria while promoting measures to ensure public health. Among the latter are safer sexual practices. An article in the January 1988 issue of Cosmopolitan assured women that they were at little risk of contracting AIDS through heterosexual intercourse. Written by a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst, the article drew severe and widespread criticism from members of the scientific and medical communities, public health officials, and concerned citizen groups. These criticisms focus on both the article's inaccuracies and its dangerous conclusions. According to its author, Robert E. Gould, M.D., the irrational fear of contracting AIDS through heterosexual intercourse is having "enormous repercussions in our society. The threat of AIDS," wrote Dr. Gould, "opens the This killing of our sexual selves, I feel, may be more door to old feelings of guilt, sinfulness, and immorality. destructive in the long run than the AIDS virus itself. We are once again being persuaded that sex is wrong, dirty, bad for us,

Journal

AIDS Patient CareMary Ann Liebert

Published: Apr 1, 1988

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