Restak's opinion adds yet more smoke to an issue already obscured by moral demagogues, professional publicity seekers, and public furor. We know how AIDS is transmitted: the sexual contact, blood and body fluid contact that may spread the infection are from people carrying the virus but not ill with AIDS.
Once a person is identified as suffering from AIDS not only can they take appropriate precautions but they are in general not in a condition to participate in the activities known to spread AIDS.
The real public risk is not people with AIDS, but the 20 or 30 persons for every identified AIDS patient who carry the virus unbeknownst to themselves or their contacts.
The hysterical parent of the school-age child who fears the child with AIDS in the next seat or classroom seems unaware of the greater risk in their teen-ager who may be experimenting with sex or drugs.