Question of the Week #56

If you found that a good friend had AIDS, would you avoid him? What if your brother or sister had it?

QuestionNo. On both counts. There would probably be a mild adjustment period in the beginning, but I don’t think it would be long before we got back to a comfort level that we’re used to. This isn’t the 1980s when AIDS was a new disease that people didn’t understand. I would hope that the general public is no longer ignorant of how it affects the infected or how it can be spread to others. The only reason I would avoid that friend or family member with the disease would be if I had a cold or something. Knowing how AIDS destroys a person’s immune system, I’d hate to think I’m the one that gave them that extra push into extreme illness.

How would you respond to this situation?

*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.


2 thoughts on “Question of the Week #56

  1. My response would be the same as yours.

    I remember a newspaper article (circa 1982) in which my dad, an EMT at the time, was interviewed and asked if he was worried about contracting AIDS considering his increased exposure to it or if he might wish to avoid those whom he knew were infected. He responded along the lines of: If they need my help, they are getting my help. I’m going to use the same precaution as always when working with patients, but I’m not going to replace care for others with fear of their disease.

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