When Your Doctor Has AIDS

Bucking an emotional national crusade, New York decides not to force physicians to tell their patients

Surely there are only a handful of people in the U.S. who have not heard about or witnessed on television the suffering of Kimberly Bergalis -- the 23- year-old Floridian who contracted AIDS from her dentist. Her anguished letters and poignant testimony before Congress have sparked a nationwide campaign, endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), to test health- care workers for HIV and inform their patients if they are infected.

But last week the New York State health department decided to put Bergalis' plight into perspective. She is but one of 1 million HIV-infected Americans and one of only...

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