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.