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The history of the disease AIDS would have been different if the initial population affected had been a group other than gay men. Homosexuality is not widely accepted in our society and gay men and women have faced significant discrimination.

These prejudices manifested themselves by way of the overall slow reaction by the Center for Disease Control and other similar organizations created to deal with contagious disease.

2.) The gay men in the video initially opposed the closing of the bath houses even though they there was strong evidence that the disease was being spread through sexual contact. Why do you think they took this stand?

The gay men in the video initially opposed the closing of the bath houses even though there was strong evidence that it was being spread through sexual contact most likely because they viewed such actions as an assault against the gay community.

Past experiences of discriminatory actions aimed at the gay community may have sensitized them to attacks on their community and resisting the closure of the bath houses was a reflexive response.

3.) Why do you think it was so difficult to get the health care community to agree to testing blood for evidence of HIV?

It was so difficult to get the health care community to agree to testing blood for evidence of HIV because they did not think the blood supply could be infected with HIV.

Also, the act of testing the blood supply would undermine the confidence of those dependent on a safe supply of blood, such as hemophiliacs. Cost of testing the supply probably also was a factor in the resistance to it by the health care community.

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