Disease models generated within the biomedical community are assumed to be an objective analysis of fact. Likewise, lay models are thought to stem from superstition and ignorance. This paper has explored various theories that have arisen to explain the cause of AIDS and probe some of the reasons why specific ideas of causation are espoused. An analysis of these disease models has revealed that models of disease in both the biomedical and the lay community are porous to outside influences.
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