Ethics: Putting Aids to The Test

Tough questions about the merits of mass screening

For David Souleles, 21, a psychology student at the University of California at Irvine, the issue of whether to be tested for exposure to the AIDS virus is a simple one. Souleles, a homosexual, openly acknowledges the possibility that he may have been infected with the virus through previous sexual contact. But now he practices what has become known as "safe sex," and, he says, "the information that I'll receive from the test is not going to help me become more safe. If I find out I'm positive, there's nothing I can do about it anyway. It's kind of pointless."


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