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NCJ Number: 120732 Find in a Library
Title: AIDS: Legal, Public, and Pastoral Implications
Journal: Catholic Lawyer  Volume:32  Issue:3  Dated:(1989)  Pages:252-262
Author(s): F C Morris Jr
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 11
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Legal counselors to the dioceses must be prepared to answer AIDS questions in the context of employment, health care, education, and the clergy.
Abstract: AIDS policy evolves as new information about the disease is disclosed. The article reviews principle court decisions, statutes, and collateral legal issues involving AIDS to assist counselors and church-affiliated institutions in their responses to questions about AIDS. A California district court held that AIDS is a handicap under Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and therefore protected against discrimination. In 1986, the New York City Council passed a gay rights bill which prohibits employment and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation. Homosexual and bisexual men make up 66 percent of AIDS cases. AIDS policy is based almost entirely on the contagiousness of the HIV virus and the four ways it is transmitted: sexual intimacy, IV (intravenous) drug abuse, transfusions, and birth. 31 notes.
Main Term(s): Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS); Medicolegal considerations
Index Term(s): Counseling; Religion
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