Medicine: Plague of The Innocents

An alarming number of inner-city babies carry the AIDS virus

Just a few years ago, no one believed that AIDS, which seemed to strike mainly male homosexuals and intravenous drug users, could also attack children. Since 1981, however, doctors have reported more than 750 such cases. Now the news is even grimmer. Health officials last week announced the results of a study that showed an astonishing one out of every 61 infants born in New York City harbors antibodies to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the cause of AIDS. Says State Health Commissioner David Axelrod: "What is alarming is that this is a higher level of infection than we had considered to...

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