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MEDICAL UPDATE: Attitudes Toward People With AIDS


Being Alive 1992 Dec 5: 1

There was an interesting survey published in a recent Journal of the American Medical Association. About 360 physicians in three countries were interviewed during their medical residencies and asked whether, if given a choice, they would treat people with AIDS.

In France, about 2% said that they would prefer not to treat homosexual men with AIDS and 7% would decline to treat IV drug users with AIDS. In Canada, the number declining to treat gay men rose to 6% and the number declining to care for drug users rose to 26%. Physicians in the United States, however, showed the highest lack of willingness to treat people with AIDS. 11% of those surveyed said that they would rather not treat homosexuals and 42% said that, given a choice, they would decline to treat drug users. Clearly, a good deal of educational work needs to be done, if such attitudes can be found among this nation's medical providers.


Information in this article was accurate in December 5, 1992. 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.