Proposition 102 is a dangerous idea that if passed, will inhibit the battle against the spread of AIDS.
Confidentiality is essential because victims of the disease already exist on the brink of social intolerance. To subject these people to further trauma and stigmatization, would in turn, deter them from seeking treatment that advances medical research.
Perhaps the most menacing provision of the measure is to replace voluntary testing with mandatory testing. Proponents of mandatory testing criticize their opponents on the assumption that they are emphasizing privacy rights over that of public welfare. This is untrue.
AIDS has an incubation period of anywhere from five to eight years. Thus, testing is at best inconclusive and incomplete. Mandatory testing would give the public a false sense of security at the cost of inhibiting necessary behavioral changes to stop the disease's spread.