Scan the headlines from around the country, and you might think the nation was under attack, that Ebola is stalking children in classrooms and on school buses, a stowaway on every flight, contaminating neighborhoods.
There’s no doubt of course that Ebola is a horrible, often deadly disease. Thousands of West Africans have been lost to it.
But fears about Ebola seem often unfounded, as they often did about AIDS.
Early AIDS fears Consider the lead for this article by Judy Foreman in the Boston Globe, Sept. 1985:
The Miriam Hospital has received another multimillion dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health to support HIV and AIDS research. The money will fund research into new treatments.
The Miriam is the state’s largest provider of HIV and AIDS care. The grant of $2.4 million dollars is a renewal that will help the institution continue its work as part of a multi-site aids research consortium, called the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) Network. That group’s work helped pioneer a new way to keep pregnant mothers from transmitting HIV to their babies.
Rhode Island observed World AIDS Day Monday. This year’s theme is “get to zero.”
Twenty-seven year old Anthony Maselli has been living with HIV for a little over a year. After much deliberation, he decided to go public with his disease and says he has not suffered any repercussions because of it. That’s not to say, however, that it’s an easy disease to live with.
"It’s very stressful sometimes and emotional for me. It took a while for me to be able to look at myself in the mirror and say ‘I’m HIV positive’ without completely breaking down," said Maselli.
It's World AIDS Day, and in Rhode Island several events are taking place to mark it, including an event earlier at the statehouse with the Rhode Island Coalition for HIV Prevention and announcements about new prevention initiatives by the Rhode Island Dept. of Health (more on those later).