If you found that a good friend had AIDS, would you avoid him? What if your brother or sister had it?
No. 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.