West Germany: The AIDS Cops Are Coming

The AIDS Cops Are Coming


Angry critics attacked the measure as a witch-hunt and even compared it to Nazi pogroms, but the Bavarian Cabinet last week pushed through what may be the most sweeping ruling to detect AIDS carriers adopted anywhere in the world. In addition to examining prostitutes and drug addicts, Bavaria will give AIDS tests to applicants for government jobs and foreigners coming from countries outside the European Community who seek residency permits. The new edict, moreover, empowers the Bavarian police to round up for examination anyone suspected of carrying the AIDS virus.