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The Public Reaction

The campaign and media attention had a profound effect on a generation. The gay community was blamed, stigmatised and the term ‘gay plague’ was coined. Great Britain’s attitudes towards homosexuality were already discriminatory and the AIDS outbreak further isolated them. 


To this day, there is still much prejudice against people with HIV. Many believe some of this stems from the 1980's. Certain communities are even in denial about HIV, believing that, because they are not gay, they can't be infected.

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