I do think notable deaths such as Freddie Mercury and Robert Reed were key to battling the spread of HIV/AIDS. Other big names, who didn't die, are Magic Johnson (who has HIV) and Oprah Winfrey (who does not). This is why it is important to harness the power of celebreties.
Notable deaths such as Freddie Mercury's and Robert Reed's were key to battling the spread of HIV/AIDS. This is because sometimes people will only follow health protocol when enough information is presented to them through an easy to attain medium. In this case, pop culture and media reports on these figures led the way.
I do not believe the notable deaths of celebrities were key to battling the spread of HIV/AIDS. HIV and AIDS has been diagnosed in several celebrities and entertainers and many have died, but they do not represent the larger population that has been affected by this problem. The sheer danger of HIV/AIDS is what brought the attention to it.
Nope. While Freddie Mercury, Robert Reed, and of course Rock Hudson were high profile people who had AIDS their deaths did not stop its spread. Awareness efforts were being done on a very local and grassroots efforts for the better part of two decades before the spread of the disease slowed down. That's what contributed to it.