Commentary & Opinion
Case Involving HIV-Positive Man, Saliva Illustrates "Long Way to Go" in Efforts to Reduce Stigma, Letter to Editor Says
May 28, 2008
"In the AIDS field, we often talk about how things were 20 years ago when widespread fear prevailed and knowledge of the virus was minimal," John Samuels -- administrative director of AIDS services at Beth Israel Medical Center -- writes in a New York Times letter to the editor written in response to a recent case involving an HIV-positive man who received a 35-year jail sentence for spitting into the mouth and eye of a Dallas police officer. According to Samuels, the case illustrates that "[w]e now know the science behind how the virus is transmitted, but clearly have a long way to go."
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