Hindsight is 2020, so what we know now, almost 35 years after the book's publication, is vastly different than what the collective "we" knew when AIDS was rapidly decimating communities and still a mystery to most researchers.
At the outset, medical professionals knew that AIDS was highly contagious but were not completely sure about how the contagion was spread. Patients were quarantined, and their providers followed glove-and-gown protocols that prohibited any skin-to-skin contact with patients.
Researchers also suspected that gay men were the primary...
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