AIDS: When The Doctor Gets Infected

Medical workers who harbor the AIDS virus may face new rules

Many patients are eyeing their doctors and dentists with growing suspicion these days. The anxiety stems from reports of medical professionals' dying of AIDS and, most alarmingly, of a woman who claims to have been infected with the virus by her dentist during a tooth extraction. Amid the swelling concern and hyped press, the Centers for Disease Control is considering a controversial shift in policy that for the first time would recommend restrictions on health-care workers infected with the AIDS virus.

No one knows how many medical professionals harbor the blood-borne pathogen. But of the 153,000 reported cases of AIDS, about...

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