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HIV ad about dentist did not constitute libel.


AIDS Policy Law. 1998 Oct 16;13(19):13. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

Dr. James R. Sweet sued the Utter Co. for publishing an ad in the newspaper that advertised him as a dentist whose specialty was treating HIV-positive patients. The dentist claimed the newspaper was guilty of negligence and reckless behavior, because the newspaper did not investigate whether the claims were true. A Connecticut Superior Court sided with the newspaper, stating that even if there was proof that the purpose of the ad was to damage Sweet's practice, the ad was not actually libel per se.

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Information in this article was accurate in November 30, 1999. 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.