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Murphy addresses the complex moral questions raised by AIDS for health-care workers, politicians, policy makers, and even people with AIDS themselves. He ranges widely, analyzing contrasting visions of the origin and the future of the epidemic, the moral and political functions of obituaries, the uncertain value of celebrity involvement in anti-AIDS education, the functional uses of AIDS in the discourse of presidential campaigns, the exclusionary function of HIV testing for immigrants, the priority given to AIDS on the national health agenda, and the hypnotic publicity given to "innocent" victims.
Murphy's discussions of the many social and political confusions about AIDS are unified by his attempt to articulate the moral assumptions framing our interpretations of the epidemic. By understanding those assumptions, we will be in a better position to resist self-serving and invidious moralizing, reckless political response, and social censure of the sick and the dying.
|Pt. 1||The Meaning of Aids|
|1||The Once and Future Epidemic||11|
|2||The Search for a Cure||28|
|Pt. 2||HIV Testing|
|4||Celebrities and AIDS||69|
|5||The Angry Death of Kimberly Bergalis||82|
|6||Health-Care Workers with HIV||93|
|7||Teaching AIDS in China||108|
|Pt. 3||AIDS Politics|
|8||HIV at the Borders||129|
|9||Politics and Priorities||144|
|10||No Time for an AIDS Backlash||162|