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Of prostitutes and homosexuals: AIDS from 1981 to 1990
  1. Huw Houssemayne du Boulay
  1. Correspondence to Huw Houssemayne du Boulay, Myrtle Cottage, Cooksbridge, East Sussex BN84SW, UK; huwduboulay{at}

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When AIDS was first discovered, it was presumed to be a disease of male homosexuality and this is reflected in the early reporting of the journal.1 2 However, this was challenged with an assertion that a ‘sexually active homosexual lifestyle with frequent sexually transmitted diseases is not in itself a cause of haematological abnormality’.3 Public figures still held strong views, with the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester police referring to AIDS patients as ‘swirling about in a human …

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