and the social fears that come with a new epidemic, swept across
the country in the 1980s.
early AIDS victims were male homosexuals or intravenous drug users,
prompting many conservatives to claim the illness was punishment
for "sinful" lifestyles. Many who lived with AIDS became social
people knew the disease was transmitted through sexual intercourse
and sharing needles, there were unanswered questions about whether
or not you could get AIDS through casual contact.
death of actor Rock Hudson and artist Keith Haring raised awareness
and dispelled some of the mass frenzy that had seized the country.
Fear of those who were infected, however, lingered well into the