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Sticker criticising the New York Times AIDS reporting, United States, 1987-1993

ACT UP, an American AIDS awareness charity issued these stickers to be placed on news stands, to campaign against inaccurate reporting on AIDS in The New York Times. The editorial of 29 June 1989 claimed the AIDS epidemic was levelling off as the disease was confined to ‘risk groups’ such as homosexuals and drug addicts rather than the general public as a whole. The editorial stated: “Once all susceptible members are infected, the numbers of new victims will decline.” The editorial also claimed that predicted numbers had been exaggerated. The New York Times eventually issued a retraction.

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Glossary: sticker

Adhesive-backed slips of paper or similar thin material, usually bearing messages or designs.

Glossary: AIDS

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a disease caused by infections resulting from a weakened immune system due to the HIV virus. It leads to failure of the immune system and is usually fatal. It is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids.