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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
It's About Time

June 16, 1988
The reports issued recently by the presidential commission on AIDS and the National Academy of Sciences panel show that the message may finally be getting through after more than five years of struggle to get the federal government to act on the AIDS epidemic, according to the Bay Area Reporter. Both reports repudiate the right-wing claim that civil rights conflict with good public health measures. Only the recommendation that persons knowingly spreading the disease be criminally prosecuted is a blot on the nearly 600 recommendations in the Watkins report. The police have no role in this health crisis, the Reporter says. The overall tone and direction of Watkins' report is a blow to President Reagan, who meant for the commission to be window dressing. The Watkins report means the gay community is no longer alone in taking the epidemic seriously.

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