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Tax Change Advocate Suffering From AIDS




 

LEAD: Paul Gann, the co-author of the Proposition 13 tax revision, said today that he contracted AIDS through blood transfusions and that people who knowingly transmit the fatal disease should be tried for murder.

Paul Gann, the co-author of the Proposition 13 tax revision, said today that he contracted AIDS through blood transfusions and that people who knowingly transmit the fatal disease should be tried for murder.

"They should be tried for murder, because if you give it to someone, it's a death sentence," the 74-year-old Mr. Gann said at a news conference.

Appearing with Mr. Gann was his physician, Dr. Dennis Ostrem, who said Mr. Gann has begun treatment with antibiotics and has applied for the anti-AIDS drug AZT.

Mr. Gann said he was not angry at the still-unknown blood donor from whom he caught acquired immune deficiency syndrome when he received 40 pints of blood in heart surgery in 1982.

"The person could have been perfectly innocent," Mr. Gann said of the donor, whom Sacramento blood bank officials are trying to trace.

When Mr. Gann joined forces with Howard Jarvis several years ago, the result was Proposition 13, which cut California's property taxes in half and spawned similar tax revolt measures across the nation. Mr. Jarvis died last summer at the age of 82.



 


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