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I want to applaud Ted Conover's painful and explicit portrait of Evelyn Mirach and Susan Leslie ("The Hand-Off," May 8). I hope your readers appreciate how unexplored this territory is. The moral dilemma depicted is all too familiar to anyone whose life has been touched by AIDS. Evelyn Mirach is sick. Her body is a battlefield. She has no choice but to focus on herself. Because Susan Leslie is "the healthier one," she is expected to rise above everything that's thrown her way and act responsibly.

Guess again. AIDS brings out the best and worst in everyone. And people will throttle one another as often as they embrace. I hope Mirach and Leslie recognize that there will be advances and reversals in such delicate negotiations. CHRISTOPHER RENSTROM New York, N.Y.


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