1994-09-06 - Re: AIDs testing and privacy

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From: tcmay@netcom.com (Timothy C. May)
To: talon57@well.sf.ca.us (Brian D Williams)
Message Hash: 4d62827561946f38d6ec7e2f932345d77d845732e26e36087964c37b108bf3ec
Message ID: <199409061731.KAA15119@netcom6.netcom.com>
Reply To: <199409061438.HAA14594@well.sf.ca.us>
UTC Datetime: 1994-09-06 20:03:56 UTC
Raw Date: Tue, 6 Sep 94 13:03:56 PDT

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From: tcmay@netcom.com (Timothy C. May)
Date: Tue, 6 Sep 94 13:03:56 PDT
To: talon57@well.sf.ca.us (Brian D Williams)
Subject: Re: AIDs testing and privacy
In-Reply-To: <199409061438.HAA14594@well.sf.ca.us>
Message-ID: <199409061731.KAA15119@netcom6.netcom.com>
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Brian Williams wrote:

>  There was an interesting piece on a new AIDs self-test kit this
> morning that focused on privacy.
>  The idea is that an AIDs self-test kit is made widely available
>  From this point on the piece (CBS this morning) was elaborating on
> whether or not a machine should be used to pass on this news, or
> should a "real" person be involved.

A report I saw on this said the concern about the "human voice" giving
the news, especially if positive for HIV, was psychological. That is,
that HIV-positive folks would not like hearing this from a recording,
and might do something serious to themselves.

I applaud the "unconditionally untraceable" nature of the test (pay
cash for the kit, call from a payphone). Ideas like this are _good_
for society, and for us.

--Tim May

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