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for Independent Weekly Vol. 9 Issue 1, Jan. 3-8 1991
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The state of North Carolina is considering a change in its AIDS policy. A coalition led by Lt. Gov. Jim Gardner is intent on banning anonymous AIDS testing. The group wants to create a master list of individuals with the HIV virus to be shared among health care professionals. Opponents of the measure say that it would discourage individuals from seeking treatment and violate their right to privacy. Experts say anonymous testing is likely to end unless the community convinces legislators otherwise at the public hearings.
Ruth Moose of Albemarle recounts the indignity of her mother’s care in a nursing home. Circumstances often force the elderly into nursing homes as their dependents cannot afford care. In such nursing homes, the residents do not always experience a high quality of care and they suffer for it. This story will become more common as dependents over 65 in North Carolina will increase by 20 percent over the next 20 years.