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June 1993

Human Immunodeficiency Virus Exposure Among Medical Students-Reply

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New York, NY

Arch Surg. 1993;128(6):710. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1993.01420180112021

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We must point out that the ad hoc AIDS Committee at Cornell University Medical College was formed 6 months before Dr Jones' publication in JAMA. Safety issues with respect to human immunodeficiency virus exposure had been raised by many different medical school faculty, including Dr Roberts who was instrumental in setting up the committee.

The committee made many recommendations regarding student conduct on the floors and in the operating rooms. One serious concern was related to the availability of disability insurance. Since students technically are not employees, insurance to cover their "disability" is not applicable. In this context, Dr Vergilio responded to a specific question about disability insurance with the comment that "an ad hoc AIDS Committee... is currently examining this problem in the hope offormulating a policy...." Indeed, a standing Committee on AIDS (one of 14 of the dean's committees) was recommended by the ad hoc committee and established

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