After class today, I looked up the statistic about Americans in a 1985 poll who voted in favor of quarantining individuals with AIDS. I was so shocked when it was said in class, also about the part about people wanting AIDS victims to be tattooed. Although it was a small survey (2,308 people participated over phone), 15% of respondents were in favor of the tattoo idea. I think that is repulsive. Publicly shaming people for a deadly disease that is only spread through blood/bodily fluids seems unthinkable to me. And not to mention the idea of quarantine, which 51% of respondents agreed to. FIFTY ONE PERCENT. 51% of respondents were in favor of having AIDS patients literally cut off from society. Imprisoning them for getting sick. I just don’t understand why people were so quick to demonize anyone with the disease. I understand that people were scared of a new deadly disease coming about, but it seems like so few people bothered to find out more about the disease before making blanket statements about quarantine. I guess this just shows how quickly the dominant groups in society are willing to turn on the less dominant groups (homosexuals, African Americans).
Here is the link where I got my information: http://www.nytimes.com/1985/12/20/us/poll-indicates-majority-favor-quarantine-for-aids-victims.html