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January 1990

Attitudes: Physicians, AIDS, and the American Public

Author Affiliations

Physician to the President The White House Washington, DC

Arch Intern Med. 1990;150(1):29-30. doi:10.1001/archinte.1990.00390130045003

As a former member of the Presidential Commission on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Epidemic, I have been asked to comment on physicians' attitudes toward the care of patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. We went into this problem in some detail during the course of our hearings in 1987 and 1988, and, in general, found the topic to be somewhat disquieting. These same attitudes, I might add, are not limited to physicians. They can be found among all professionals and para-professionals who deal with all varieties of sick people. The study of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), or more properly termed HIV infection, invariably highlights a great number of problems, not only in medicine but across society as a whole.1

The majority of people with HIV infection, in this country, are drug addicts of all types and their sexual partners, people involved in promiscuous sexual behavior, and homosexuals.

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