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Surviving & Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture

America Responds to AIDS

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There’s a simple way to prevent AIDS, 1980s

Abstinence had been held up as the “simple” solution to teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases before AIDS, with less than positive results. This all-or-nothing approach to AIDS prevention ignored the medical facts on how simple, realistic changes like using condoms could also prevent transmitting the virus.

  • Publisher(s):
    Centers for Disease Control
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Blue tinted photograph of woman viewed from the shoulders down sitting on a chair with her legs tightly crossed.