Science: AIDS Anxiety

Concern over health workers

In Boston, a 46-year-old medical technician lay dying of acquired immune deficiency syndrome last week. Before he became too ill to speak, he insisted that he did not belong to any of the four high-risk AIDS categories: homosexual men, intravenous drug users, Haitians and hemophiliacs. Instead, he blamed his illness on accidentally pricking himself with a needle while taking blood samples at the laboratory where he worked.

In England, a nurse at an undisclosed hospital became ill after pricking herself with a syringe containing blood drawn from an AIDS patient. For more than 20 days she suffered from the...

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