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Appeals court set to re-examine dental bias case.


AIDS Policy Law. 1998 Oct 30;13(20):1, 10, 12. Unique Identifier :

The First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will be re-reviewing the case of Randon Bragdon, a dentist accused of violating the rights of Sidney Abbott, because he preferred to treat her in a hospital, rather than in his dental office. The results of the case could have important ramifications for both health care providers and patients. Bragdon claimed that he used professional judgement when he decided how to treat Abbott, who is HIV positive. However, Abbott argued that Bragdon's line of reasoning could prevent HIV positive people from receiving necessary care. The Supreme Court asked the Circuit Court to reconsider evidence by determining if significant risk existed for Bragdon. It is unclear how the judges will proceed, but published guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may affect the judgement.

NEWSLETTER ARTICLE Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) *Dentists Disabled Persons/*LEGISLATION & JURISPRUD *Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional HIV Infections/*TRANSMISSION Human Refusal to Treat/*LEGISLATION & JURISPRUD United States


Information in this article was accurate in December 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.