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The act of handling a needle is insufficient proof of exposure to HIV. Clearinghouse, AIDS Newsletter Database, P.O. Box 6003, Rockville, MD 20849-6003. 800-458-5231 ext. 5714. A fee will apply.


AIDS Policy Law. 1997 May 2;12(8):2. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

The New York Court of Appeals refused to allow a parent to proceed with an AIDS-phobia suit against a New York school system. Parent Donna Blair sued the Elwood Union Free Public School after her kindergarten son discovered a needle in a box of instruments. The needle was promptly turned over to an adult supervisor and police found no evidence that the boy stuck himself or that the needle had ever been used. When the syringe was destroyed prior to testing for HIV antibodies, Blair decided to sue. The court stated that plaintiffs cannot recover damages for fear of AIDS.

*Fear *HIV Infections/PSYCHOLOGY *Needles


Information in this article was accurate in September 30, 1997. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.