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What AIDS should have taught us about how to deal with diseases like Ebola

Posted on AllSides November 1st, 2014
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When long-time HIV researcher Rick Elion looks at America's hysterical reaction to Ebola, he says it almost gives him post-traumatic stress disorder. Just after HIV/AIDS was discovered, in 1983, schools closed down, patients were treated like untouchables, and fear-based policies were enacted to isolate those suspected of carrying the virus.

Even though there have only been a handful of Ebola cases in the US, history seems to be repeating itself. We've already seen what are essentially witch hunts targeted at returning Ebola health-workers, welcome mats pulled out

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