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November 13, 1987

Businesses, Federal Government Move to Pick Up AIDS Gauntlet

JAMA. 1987;258(18):2479-2480. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400180013002

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RESPONSE TO SOME challenges posed by acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) began to appear a little more attainable after two meetings in Chicago in October, AIDS Awareness Month. One was an unprecedented nationwide effort to direct private sector initiatives toward managing a public health problem. The other heralded a long-awaited, broadbased approach to disease containment via information and education ordered by Washington.

AIDS: Corporate America Responds:  What's good for General Motors may help this country cope more effectively with AIDS. That's the feeling engendered by the two-day gathering, called "AIDS: Corporate America Responds," sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company, Northbrook, Ill. Senior executives from more than 125 Fortune 500 companies appeared not to flinch when Mervyn F. Silverman, MD, MPH, president of the American Foundation for AIDS Research, greeted them with: "Welcome to the war."The purpose of the forum was to develop policy guidelines for dealing with AIDS in the workplace—only