Research is being conducted in order to ultimately answer and gather evidence to support for the topic I am researching. My preliminary research is based on this question: what were the attitudes towards HIV/AIDS from 1987 to 1994 in Stony Brook University, and how did the AIDS quilt affect those attitudes? The further I go into the research, the more likely this question will change or be narrowed down.

I have been interested in answering since I heard of the assignment, but the Stony Brook AIDS Treatment Center panel on the AIDS quilt helped me narrow down my interests.


1.”A Timeline of HIV and AIDS.” (n.d.). Retrieved from

There is no listed author for this website, but it is a government page dedicated to HIV/AIDS, and it includes a timeline of HIV/AIDS with important developments in the sequence of events. This source includes statistic data, references important legislation regarding HIV/AIDS, and lists important events concerning HIV/AIDS. The purpose of this timeline is to not only to show people the sequence of events and important developments, but also to illustrate how attitudes have changed from the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic to the modern attitudes towards the disease. The audience for this source is people who casually want to know more about the topic as opposed to a scholarly audience. Others whom might find this information useful are those who are researching the development and change in events.

This article does not directly connect to my panel per say, but for my Primary Source Description I was able to make a connection between the progressive legislation examples featured on this webpage to the sun rise. There are no other connections that I can make as this webpage is about a movement as opposed to one specific thing.

2. “HIV and AIDS — United States, 1981-2000.” (2001, 6 8). Retrieved from CDC:

There are no specific authors for this page, and there are no researchers or scientists from the information came listed, but the information is form the official Center for Disease Control website. This source offers statistical data and graphs that represent how different groups were infected with HIV/AIDS; these come from different surveys and research groups. The intended purpose for this page seems to be to inform people of trends from the past to prevent the same from repeating. This article seems to be geared towards more scholarly audiences. This source would be useful for people doing research on the statistics of the HIV/AIDS virus particularly on who was most likely to catch the virus in this time period.

Once again it is not directly connected to my panel, but I was able to use the data to understand more about the victims and what sub-cultural groups were most likely to contract HIV/AIDS in this time period. I came across this source whilst conducting research for my Primary Source Description, but I most likely will not use it in my final analysis.


3. “HIV Program.” (n.d.). Retrieved from Stony Brook School of Medicine:

This page has no author, but it is on the webpage for the Stony Brook School of Medicine. It does not offer any statistical evidence, but it describes the HIV program and its foundation. The purpose of this page is to inform potential patients of the history of the their program, how it has evolved and how it can help them. The intended audience is victims of HIV/AIDS as potential patients. This information found on this page is useful for victims who may be planning to go there to receive treatment.

I came across this source whilst researching the name on the panel. This page relates to my panel in that the HIV program is part of or was formerly known as the AIDS treatment center from which my panel originates. I was able to incorporate it into my Primary Source Description, and I am planning to utilize it in my final analysis.



4. Mastroianni, Peter. “HIV Testing and Counseling.” The Statesman [Stony Brook, NY], 5 May. 1994, pg 14.

This article was written by Peter Mastroianni in 1994, and it is about how to decide whether one should or should not get HIV tested. It does not give evidence so much as it explains the HIV test. It was written in order to inform people of reasons to consider getting and to show there is support for those infected with the HIV virus. The intended audience is the student population in 1994, more specifically those with a high risk of receiving HIV and those wishing to start families. This source may be useful for someone who is researching university outreach towards potential HIV/AIDS victims.

As I was searching through the newspaper of Stony Brook University, I came across this article. I was drawn to it because it talked about HIV testing. Once I read through the article, I was intrigued by the, what I interpreted as, caring for fellow students. To me, the author seemed legitimately concerned for others and wanted them to help themselves by being tested. I am not sure how I can use this piece in my final report, but I definitely would like to.


5. McDevitt, Teresa M., et al. “Correlates of Attitudes toward AIDS.” Journal of Social Psychology, vol. 130, no. 5, Oct. 1990, pp. 699-701.

From a collaboration from four authors– Teresa M. McDevitt, Eugene P. Sheehan, Randy Lennon, and Anthony L. Ambrosio– comes this source which explores how gender affected the attitudes towards AIDS in the late 1980s (McDevitt, et al.). To support their claim, they include evidence gathered through an investigation. The goal of such an investigation is to study the attitudes towards AIDS at the time and if there is a correlation between those attitudes and the ones towards gender and sexuality at the time. Through this journal section, the authors seem to want to reach an audience of a more scholarly type as the information in this section might be useful for someone doing research involving gender and sexuality studies in the late 1980s.

I was initially drawn into this source because of the title. So far, I am planning to look into the attitudes towards HIV/AIDS in the this time period, so I thought there might be some correlation between this academic journal and my research. However, this source is much different than what I am looking into. As mentioned before, I would like to research the attitudes towards HIV/AIDS victim whereas this journal discusses how gender and sexually impact the attitudes towards AIDS itself. As I further my research, I will try to find a way to incorporate it into my final analysis.


6. Mori, Angela. “The Tradition of the Quilts.” The Statesman [Stony Brook, NY], 11 April. 1994, pg 7.

This article was written by Angela Mori, and it talks about the AIDS Quilt itself. The article includes a brief description of the quilt, its creation, and a timeline of the major events that the quilt was involved in up to that point in time. The purpose of this article was to give background information of the NAMES Project and the AIDS Quilt to the school population because Stony Brook University was hosting the quilt that month. As mentioned before, the intended audience was the University community, more specifically those interested in viewing the AIDS Quilt. This source could be useful for someone who is researching places that have hosted the quilt or is composing a timeline of the places the quilt has been.

This particular article drew me into it by its topic. This can be connected to my panel in that it literally talks about the AIDS Quilt, but other than that there is not much correlation. At the moment, I am unsure as to how this piece will be incorporated into my final project, but it will most likely be able to make an appearance.


7. Price, Shelley. “AIDS and STDs Spark Concern Across Campus.” The Statesman [Stony Brook, NY], 7 April. 1994, pg 11.

The author of this article was a student at Stony Brook University during the 1993-94 school year, and she talks about during the peak of AIDS awareness, how casual sex was on the rise, but students were unconcerned about the possibility of getting an STD (Shelley). Shelley offers the statistics of Chlamydia and genital warts cases at the clinic treated during the prior school year. The purpose of this article is to raise the student populations awareness toward STDs and encourage them to use protection if engaging in casual sex. The intended audience is the student population at Stony Brook University. This source may be useful to anyone doing research on STDs at universities during this time period.

I originally thought that this source could somehow connect to the question I am researching, but it seems to be more geared towards STDs instead of AIDS. I was drawn in by the title, but it does not seem to contain any information that is useful to my topic. However, I will still keep it on file so that if I decide to pursue anything contained within this article I can.


8. Witt, L. Alan. “Factors Affecting Attitudes toward Persons with AIDS.” Journal of Social Psychology, vol. 130, no. 1, Feb. 1990, pp. 127-129.

This academic journal written by L. Alan Witt described different attitudes towards people with HIV/AIDS up to 1990 and how those attitudes came to be. According to Witt, those who were afraid of contracting HIV/AIDS were less likely to have negative opinions towards those with HIV/AIDS (Witt). The author uses a survey of undergraduate male and female students to support this claim. The purpose of this source is to relay the information found in the authors study in order to show how bias can affect the opinions of others in regards to HIV/AIDS. The audience intended for this source seems to be that of a scholarly audience–university faculty or fellow researches alike. The information provided in this journal could prove useful to someone researching the history or psychology of people during this time.

This source is proving to be one of the most useful yet. It is very similar to what I am researching myself as the population surveyed were those who attended university. As we said in class, one is an accident, but I may be able to discover a trend with some more research. Because of the similarities, this could be a main source.

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