– around 78 million [71 million–87 million] people have become infected with HIV and 39 million [35 million–43 million] people have died of AIDS-related illnesses.
Remember when it was wrong to stigmatise people who had contracted an infectious disease? Or make private medical information public?
Gee. I miss those days.
After the initial scare campaign, people got around to actually studying the disease, not frightening the hell out of everyone. Treatments were found. We had liberals warning about the dangers of creating two classes of people.
While the media at the time did what it is spectacularly good at: create a lot of fear and sensation around prevention, that didn’t stop the work on trialling treatments. Prevention v. treatment. It would eventually be treatments that saved lives. Because governments eventually realised that they couldn’t or shouldn’t do really heavy handed things around prevention, such as prosecuting a bunch of people.