On The Ballot: Guns and AIDS

Referendums in two states are test cases for national policy

CALIFORNIA

Should HIV Carriers Have Secrets?

Every time Californians go to the polls, they are buried under a blizzard of ballot initiatives. This year they face 29 items that would do everything from cut auto-insurance rates to raise cigarette taxes. But none of the lot has aroused greater emotion than Proposition 102, which would abruptly shift the state away from the policies that have put California in the forefront of the fight against AIDS. It would make compulsory what has always been voluntary: the reporting and tracking of people who have had intimate contact with carriers of the human immunodeficiency virus...

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