HIV a disability at all stages, Supreme Court rules

June 25, 1998
HIV-infected people are protected by a federal ban on discrimination against the disabled even if they suffer no symptoms of AIDS, the Supreme Court ruled today. The 5-4 ruling ordered a lower court to reconsider whether a Maine dentist violated the Americans With Disabilities Act when he refused to fill an HIV-infected woman's tooth in his office.
      ``HIV infection satisfies the statutory and regulatory definition of a physical impairment during every stage of the disease,'' Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the court.