Death and AIDS: A review of the medico-legal literature

Jeffrey T. Huber

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As there is still neither a known cure for the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) nor any vaccine to prevent infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), an AIDS diagnosis continues to denote a death sentence. One might think that approaching dying, death, and bereavement in the AIDS pandemic would be the same as with other terminal illnesses. However, that is not the case. No other single disease in the history of the American legal system has generated more litigation than this disease. This article examines some of the medico-legal issues associated with AIDS-related death such as estate planning, discrimination, insurance, long-term care, the right to die, and suicide as detailed in medical and legal discourse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-232
Number of pages8
JournalDeath Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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