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Japanese newspaper reports of AIDS.

Nakatsuka Y, Nakatsuka N; International Conference on AIDS.

Int Conf AIDS. 1994 Aug 7-12; 10: 361 (abstract no. PD0625).

Nakatsuka Clinic Otaru, Japan.

In an effort to understand Japanese public perceptions of the HIV epidemic, we assessed how much the mass media told the people about the epidemic and how reporting has chronologically changed. To obtain this objective we analyzed the number of articles published concerning HIV in two national papers and a local one from the third quarter of 1984 through the second of 1993. We found a sudden increase in news coverage given to the epidemic in 1987 after three serious events in Japan, including the first case of an infected woman giving birth. Following a mass media slump in reporting AIDS stories, they have recently been rising. Newspaper reporting attitudes have changed from being crude and critical to comparatively more enlightened and educational. Furthermore, we should all be vigilant towards media messages because they affect nationwide reactions to the spread and understanding of the disease.

Publication Types:
  • Meeting Abstracts
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Female
  • HIV Infections
  • HIV Seropositivity
  • Humans
  • Japan
  • Mass Media
  • Newspapers
  • Publishing
Other ID:
  • 94372140
UI: 102210973

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