Tattoo AIDS victims? It would logically follow that herpes sufferers also be tattooed, perhaps with an "H" and corresponding letters for TB and cancer, although this could get confusing when we come to the letter "L." Is this leukemia or leprosy? We'll have to carry disease decoder lists to be certain.
The very question is illogical and regressive and is as absurd as requiring adulterous women to wear a scarlet letter on their foreheads.
ID cards for AIDS victims? Close gay bars? These types of questions are clearly meant to titillate and do not determine what is right. Since the questions themselves are faulty, they only measure fear and misconceptions.
The public would be much better served by asking, "Has the government responded to the AIDS epidemic with the same commitment that it applied to the recent swine flu and Legionnaires' disease outbreaks?" Or, "Should every AIDS victim be immediately offered an experimental anti-viral drug, such as Compound S, on a compassionate protocol basis?" Enlightened questions can elicit thinking, caring responses from the same randomized sample.