AIDS And Punishment

Add a new danger from AIDS: the Gulag. A Soviet decree issued last week specifies prison sentences of up to eight years for spreading the disease and five years for exposing another person to the virus, even if the infection is not passed on. The law empowers authorities to conduct compulsory AIDS tests on those suspected of carrying the virus, and any foreigner who refuses to be tested may be expelled.

Though the Soviets have not recently repeated their claim that AIDS is a strain of germ warfare concocted by the CIA, they do maintain that the disease is essentially a...