Book Review: Sex, Fear, and Public Health Policy
Yale Journal of Health Policy and Ethics, Vol. 5, p. 327, 2005
14 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2011
Date Written: 2005
Looking into the AIDS abyss in the mid-1980s, public health officials sometimes succumbed to the same impulses – notably, panic and scapegoating – that activated politicians, judges, and the public itself. Among the best-known results of these impulses were city-by-city efforts to shut down gay bathhouses. No one disputed that sexual activity took place in the bathhouses, but it was – and remains – unclear whether closing them would help stop the transmission of HIV, hinder that effort, or have no net effect. This article reviews Gay Bathhouses and Public Policy (edited by William J. Woods and Diane Binson), a collection of essays on this topic written two decades after the hardest-fought bathhouse closure battles.
Keywords: AIDS, HIV, bathhouses, public health, public policy
JEL Classification: K32
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