Wider Use of Testing for HIV Infection?

John Whyte, Glenn C. Graber, Caroline R. Graber, Robin Weiss, Samuel O. Thier, Wendy Chavkin, Nicholas Freudenberg, Caswell A. Evans, Dan E. Beauchamp, Lawrence Deyton, Robert Newman, June E. Osborn, Sara Rosenbaum, Paula Van Ness, Kern L. Nuttall, Edward R. Ashwood, Frank S. Rhame, Dennis G. Maki

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To the Editor:… Although widespread testing for antibody to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) may be beneficial in an ideal setting, it is all too clear that this does not match current reality. In addition to the positive purposes Rhame and Maki (May 11 issue)* cite, HIV testing has so far been used or advocated to deny access to the military, delay prisoners' release from incarceration, deny insurance, prevent access to certain professions, prevent entry into this country, and deny medical and dental care. Is it any wonder, then, that many at risk for HIV infection have.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1265-1267
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number18
StatePublished - Nov 2 1989


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