Washington Law Review


Joseph Reiner


Discrimination against AIDS patients by medical care providers violates antidiscrimination law. In evaluating legal tools to enforce fair AIDS care, this Comment focuses primarily on the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Washington's recently amended antidiscrimination and public health law. Discriminatory acts are difficult to defend under these laws. Nonetheless, existing law is inadequate for combating AIDS discrimination because the law is underused by AIDS patients and vague. This Comment recommends expressly banning the common forms of medical care discrimination, and requiring heightened human immunodeficiency virus ("HIV") testing standards, as important steps towards creating effective AIDS antidiscrimination law.

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