Legal and ethical issues relating to AIDS.

R. Bayer, L. Gostin

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The worldwide AIDS epidemic has posed an extraordinary array of ethical and legal challenges. The work presented here reviews three issues at the heart of the matter: discrimination against HIV-infected people, the limits of confidentiality, and the exercise of coercive government powers to limit spread of the disease. Because the authors are most familiar with the U.S. experience, the review deals primarily with the history of the epidemic in the United States and public responses to it in that country.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)454-468
Number of pages15
JournalBulletin of the Pan American Health Organization
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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