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    I was in a very interesting lecture this morning that focused on the AIDS epidemic of the 1980's onwards, and it raised some very interesting questions about change in popular opinion towards disease, sexuality and gender over time.

    AIDS was stigmatised up until the late 1990's, but popular opinion rapidly changed from fear of AIDS patients towards compassion.

    I thought I'd see what you all think; what does it take to change popular opinion in the modern world? Why does it change so much more quickly now than it did before?
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    I think media has a lot to do with it obviously. Bu I think the main reason for the speed of change is how we communicate. The internet, phones, all speed up how we interact with one another. People can share and develop ideas from anywhere with anyone.

    With AIDS specifically, I think it is helped by treatments coming around. It is now a lifelong illness, not a life limiting illness and I think, in this specific case, it has helped enormously. So has understanding of how it is spread etc which is all fairly recent knowledge.
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    Ugh, just look at the efforts of the South African government, health ministry and a certain Dr Rache

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