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September 18, 1987

Forty-one British students in the Soviet Union have been tested for AIDS, and diplomats say the procedure may become mandatory in the wake of Aug. 29 Health Ministry regulations directing that visitors staying three months or more be tested. Foreigners have expressed concern about the Soviet AIDS tests because of a shortage of disposable needles and syringes. The acquired immune deficiency syndrome virus can be spread through dirty needles. Group leaders for the 60 Americans at the foreign-language Pushkin Institute said those students expect to be tested but the details have not been worked out.

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