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Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2, Issue 2, Pages 71-75
Clinical Study

Depoliticize Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection: A Commentary

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry, Highland Hospital, 1000 South Avenue, Rochester 14620, NY, USA

Received 20 April 1994; Accepted 15 June 1994

Copyright © 1994 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Public-health policy is inconsistent in its approach to the sexually transmitted disease human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Nearly every health agency has politicized the reporting, finding, and contacting of HIV cases. There is also no consistency among the various state health departments and the various federal health agencies. Until we have a uniform health policy that treats HIV infection as every other reportable sexually transmitted disease, we will make little progress toward controlling its inevitable increase in both cases and costs.