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Surviving & Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture

America Responds to AIDS

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How much do your children know about AIDS?, 1980s

Ryan White, a boy with hemophilia who became infected with AIDS, was expelled from school in 1986. After this issue received major media attention, Americans expressed a diverse array of reactions including angry, frightened concerns for the safety of all children against this new disease that seemed to (now) have no limits. Children became a new audience for AIDS education to ensure the spread of actual information instead of fear-motivated myths.

  • Publisher(s):
    Centers for Disease Control
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Blue tinted photograph of a group of multiracial children looking at the viewer.