HEALTH & FITNESS Cracking Down on the Victims

No State shall . . . deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law AMENDMENT XIV SECTION I HEALTH & FITNESS Cracking Down on the Victims As AIDS spreads, civil liberties

It is a new terror of the '80s: in Minneapolis a 29-year-old male prostitute who had known for at least two years that he had been infected with the AIDS virus continued to have sexual relations with his clients, mostly married bisexual men. Today fear of such reckless behavior is driving many states -- Minnesota, Colorado, South Carolina and Hawaii among them -- to consider drastic solutions: temporary detention, forced isolation, even jail for so- called recalcitrant carriers. It is not an idle threat. Last month in Pensacola, Fla., a judge ordered a 14-year-old infected with the virus locked up in...

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