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SPORTS PEOPLE; Annual AIDS Test

February 14, 1988
LEAD: Boxers are not one of the groups known to be at heightened risk of contracting AIDS. Nevertheless, over the last year, British boxing authorities have screened foreign boxers for acquired immune deficiency syndrome, New Jersey authorities have mandated plastic gloves for all cornermen, and the medical advisory board to the New York State Athletic Commission has recommended that all boxers and ring personnel undergo tests for the virus.

Boxers are not one of the groups known to be at heightened risk of contracting AIDS. Nevertheless, over the last year, British boxing authorities have screened foreign boxers for acquired immune deficiency syndrome, New Jersey authorities have mandated plastic gloves for all cornermen, and the medical advisory board to the New York State Athletic Commission has recommended that all boxers and ring personnel undergo tests for the virus.

On Friday, the Nevada Athletic Commission voted unanimously to require annual AIDS tests for boxers who fight in that state. "I think it's only reasonable and prudent that we protect anyone fighting in this state from contracting AIDS in the ring," said Dr. Charles Ruggeroli, a medical adviser to the commission.

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