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'AIDS Bills Don't Fare Well'

October 15, 1987

While reading all the articles about AIDS, I find myself getting angrier all the time. I am sure I am not the only one who feels that we are pussyfooting around the main issue: AIDS is a contagious disease and must be treated as such.

Mandatory testing will have to be instituted sooner or later, especially for couples planning to get married. Do you think it is fair that a person may contact AIDS from a marriage partner and bring AIDS-afflicted babies into the world? When we were married, we had to have blood tests for syphilis and gonorrhea before we could obtain our marriage license and nobody objected to that. It was for our own good.

Testing for AIDS should also be done routinely during admission tests to hospitals, just as for any other disease.

It is too bad that our gay and civil-rights advocates have so much power in this state that they are able to block any sensible measures that might cut down on this dreadful disease. It is costing us millions and millions of dollars that could be spent on other worthwhile causes.

IRENE JOSEPH

Los Angeles

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