In addition to illness, disability, and death, AIDS has evoked fear in the hearts and minds of most Americans: fear of the AIDS virus and fear of the unknown. This fear has caused many Americans to act irrationally towards AIDS and its victims. This article will analyze the different legislative acts intended to curtail the spread of the disease and whether these enactments will aid or merely hinder the containment of the AIDS virus. It will illustrate potential conflicts this legislation poses to the AIDS victims' constitutional rights of privacy and liberty. At its conclusion, it will illustrate that with rational proposals, much more modified disclosures, education, and counseling, the AIDS epidemic can be curtailed much more successfully.
Note, Containing the AIDS Virus . . . Testing . . . Reporting . . . Confidentiality . . . Quarantine . . . Constitutional Considerations, 37 Clev. St. L. Rev. 369 (1989)