Two small, but unfortunately necessary, steps were taken last week in the battle against AIDS.
First, and most important, the San Diego City Council followed the lead of the county Board of Supervisors in adopting an ordinance prohibiting discrimination against people with AIDS or AIDS-related complex. This action was overdue.
The other step was more controversial. The county adopted public health regulations prohibiting most sexual activity in bathhouses, and it has urged the city, where all of the bathhouses are located, to follow suit.
The effect of these rules on the spread of AIDS may be minimal. Bathhouses serve only a small segment of the homosexual community, and it is estimated that 30% of gay men in the county already carry the AIDS virus.