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By Peter Aggleton

In line with articles selected from the 6th annual 'Social features of AIDS' convention, this e-book makes a speciality of updated debts of HIV/AIDS learn and linked social/sexual concerns.

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More unusually, however, participants could reproduce statistics about the proportion of infected people in Africa, even if they sometimes confused HIV with AIDS or occasionally exaggerated the figures beyond the range of most media statements. For example, one janitor proclaimed: ‘Uganda’s hoachin with it…. 7 provides an example of audience and media statements about prevalence of infection in Africa. The statistics given by the media (and the audience) vary wildly. TV news reporters do not even seem to be able to make up their minds about how many people have HIV and AIDS in particular African countries.

SACRO clients). Similarly, in a group of Scottish prisoners one man protested against the idea that AIDS was common in Edinburgh: That’s people just starting to label. That’s like us saying ‘Oh no, It’s all that Edinburgh mob that’s got it’, if you’re from Glasgow, or ‘all that Perth mob’ or ‘all that Dundee mob’…. They’re all riddled there, but nobody in here is riddled with it. (Prisoners) These white, Scottish men recognized statements about AIDS being a ‘male’ disease or being common in Edinburgh as carrying connotations of stigma and blame, but were not critical of similar statements which were applied to Africa.

Women with children at a playgroup, Group 2) Some prison officers expressed similar scepticism because of their concern about media misrepresentations of their profession. Resp. 1: Resp. 2: Resp. 1: My granny asked if I’ve beaten up any prisoners yet…. Because that’s the media coverage,…the big bad prison officer is always beating prisoners up and then…. My granny thinks I beat up prisoners…. (Prison staff, Group 4) Similarly, a group of police officers stated that they were wary of what they read in the press because they knew how stories could be distorted in media accounts.

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