The fight continues

Public perception of HIV/AIDS has shifted, and the disease is no longer always fatal, but that has also led to complacency and a lack of funding.

In the three decades since acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) emerged as a public-health issue, the illness has changed face several times. AIDS was initially, in the early 1980s, seen as an illness affecting gay men in the rich world. But views quickly evolved, prompting governments in the world’s developed countries to undertake blanket awareness campaigns – after initial hesitation over popular sensitivities. 

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