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June 27, 1993 | Associated Press
A man who contracted the AIDS virus from Florida dentist David J. Acer died Saturday of complications from the disease. He was 33. Richard Driskill died of pancreatic failure, said his lawyer Robert Montgomery. Driskill was one of six patients known to have been infected by Acer, who died in 1990.
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December 19, 1994 | from Times Wire Services
A retired schoolteacher who medical experts say was infected with the AIDS virus by her dentist has died of the disease, a hospice reported Sunday. Barbara Webb, 68, slipped into a semi-coma last week, according to the Hospice of Martin. She died Saturday, her 45th wedding anniversary. "She was never bitter about her death," said hospice counselor Pam Jett. "She didn't dwell on the future, she lived in the present." Webb became the fourth patient of Dr.
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June 9, 1991 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The state of Florida does not have the highest number of AIDS cases in the United States, nor the highest rate of infection. But it does have the highest profile case, that of a dentist who apparently passed on the disease to five patients, one of whom is dying. And in the midst of an epidemic that has now spread into every corner of American life, that one case has made all the difference.
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June 27, 1993 | Associated Press
A man who contracted the AIDS virus from Florida dentist David J. Acer died Saturday of complications from the disease. He was 33. Richard Driskill died of pancreatic failure, said his lawyer Robert Montgomery. Driskill was one of six patients known to have been infected by Acer, who died in 1990.
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December 19, 1994 | from Times Wire Services
A retired schoolteacher who medical experts say was infected with the AIDS virus by her dentist has died of the disease, a hospice reported Sunday. Barbara Webb, 68, slipped into a semi-coma last week, according to the Hospice of Martin. She died Saturday, her 45th wedding anniversary. "She was never bitter about her death," said hospice counselor Pam Jett. "She didn't dwell on the future, she lived in the present." Webb became the fourth patient of Dr.
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February 15, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man who contracted AIDS as a dental patient filed a $1-million negligence lawsuit against the estate of the dentist he believes gave him the disease. Richard Lee Driskill also named as a defendant in the suit Cigna Dental Health of Florida Inc., the company that referred hin to Dr. David J. Acer of Stuart, Fla., who died last year of AIDS. The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta has said there was a 99.99% probability Driskill contracted HIV from Acer.
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September 22, 1990 | From Associated Press
Two more patients of a dentist who died of AIDS have tested positive for the virus, but a state health official said Friday that it was not known how they became infected. Both people were told Friday by counselors from the state Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services that they carry the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS, agency spokesman Steve Konicki said. "For us right now, this is a very serious concern," Konicki said.
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October 21, 1991 | CLAIRE SPIEGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing a lack of scientific evidence to support claims that HIV-infected physicians are a threat to patients, the California Medical Assn. last week joined several other major health care groups nationwide that are boycotting federal efforts to restrict the practices of infected doctors. CMA officials said they have refused to assist the Centers for Disease Control in developing a list of procedures that infected physicians should be barred from performing.
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December 9, 1991 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Kimberly Bergalis, who engaged in none of the high-risk behavior commonly associated with AIDS, died of the disease early Sunday at her home in Ft. Pierce, Fla. The 23-year-old woman is the only person in the United States believed to have died after contracting AIDS from a health care professional.
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February 1, 1992 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Medical Board of California, meeting Friday in San Diego, balked against mounting pressure to establish its position on mandatory HIV testing of doctors and decided to wait for new state health department guidelines, which could be ready in six months. Opting to take its cue from the health department, the state agency that licenses physicians decided to postpone any policy decisions on whether to screen doctors for the AIDS virus.
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June 9, 1991 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The state of Florida does not have the highest number of AIDS cases in the United States, nor the highest rate of infection. But it does have the highest profile case, that of a dentist who apparently passed on the disease to five patients, one of whom is dying. And in the midst of an epidemic that has now spread into every corner of American life, that one case has made all the difference.
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July 9, 1991 | SHARI ROAN, TIMES HEALTH WRITER
When the 32,000-member Academy of General Dentistry convenes its annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., this week, dentists will acknowledge the beginning of a new era. Some call it post-Bergalis. Kimberly Bergalis is the Florida woman who is near death after being infected with the AIDS virus by her dentist, David J. Acer, in 1987. Acer died of the disease last year at age 40.
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September 17, 1991 | JOHN NEEDHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The letter that showed up in homes across Orange County early in March of 1988 was jarring for what it said and puzzling for what it left out. "It is with very heavy heart that I announce that effective immediately I must leave my medical practice," wrote Dr. Don G. Hagan. "I have personally chosen to notify certain patients of my situation. It will not be possible to notify everyone. "Please share this information with any fellow patient who may not receive it."
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