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Prostitute in Jail After AIDS Report


New York Times (07/15/90), P. 12

Oakland, Calif., police arrested Linda Kean, a prostitute, after she appeared in a Newsweek article saying she worked while infected with HIV. Although Kean now denies her infection, police will try to have her charged with attempted murder. Kean is now in Alameda County jail. A recent state law requires health departments to test convicted prostitutes for HIV, but the Alameda County Health Department does not do such testing. Robert Benjamin, director of the health department, called Kean's arrest "scapegoating" and a "witch hunt," and said HIV testing of prostitutes sends a false message that hookers on the street have been "tested and are clean."


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