Doctors and AIDS
A new survey of American doctors says that nearly one third of all physicians do not feel they have a responsibility to treat people with AIDS -- a view which the American Medical Association says flouts basic principles governing the role of doctors in society. The survey traced the doctors' position in part in part to bias against the groups hardest hit by the disease -- specifically, to homosexuals and intravenous drug users.
The Evening Sun wants to know if you think doctors have a responsibility to treat all patients regardless of their illness.
Call SUNDIAL, the Baltimore Sun's telephone information system, on a Touch-Tone phone. The call is local, and answers will be registered between 10 a.m. and midnight. The SUNDIAL phone number is 783-1800 or, in Anne Arundel County, 268-7736. When you reach SUNDIAL, enter category 4600 and wait for instructions.
Results will be published Friday.
Among 413 callers to SUNDIAL, 54 percent (222 respondents) oppose the condom giveaway program in public schools. Callers in favor of the program totaled 191, or 46 percent.
"It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as a scientific public opinion poll would be.