Responding to the AIDS epidemic

William B. Rubenstein, David A. Hansell, Evan Wolfson, David C. Dodson, Edmund C. Tramont, Donald S. Burke, Robert R. Redfield, Barbara E. Berger, Stan Houston, Edward C. Klatt, Nancy M. Louden, Marcia Angell

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To the Editor: Angell (May 23 issue)* proposes a nationally funded program for the care of all persons infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Although the provision of adequate medical care to all persons, including the HIV-infected, should be a social goal, it is silly to think that it is a reality, or will soon be. Divorced from her utopian promise of care, Angell's recommendation is little more than a stick with no carrot. There is, however, an alternative course between, on the one hand, Angell's proposal that millions of people should be subjected to mandatory testing in exchange.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)809-811
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number11
StatePublished - Sep 12 1991

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  • Medicine(all)

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Rubenstein, W. B., Hansell, D. A., Wolfson, E., Dodson, D. C., Tramont, E. C., Burke, D. S., Redfield, R. R., Berger, B. E., Houston, S., Klatt, E. C., Louden, N. M., & Angell, M. (1991). Responding to the AIDS epidemic. New England Journal of Medicine, 325(11), 809-811.