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Is AIDS a less publicly recognized issue today than it was 10 years ago?

Asked at the Friends of the Library book sale on October 6, 2003

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“I think people have just gotten used to it. It’s not shocking anymore. So it’s probably less recognized because it’s less in the news. People are more aware of it.”

“I think people think it’s a problem that’s going away when it really isn’t.”

“I do believe that it’s less publicly recognized. After some of the medications that came out and prolonged the life of a person who’s HIV-positive, the initial fear has come down.”

“I don’t think it’s less publicly recognized. I think for whatever reason there’s not the same sense of urgency about it. I don’t know why that is because I imagine there’s still plenty of cases around.”

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