Supreme Court to decide whether HIV is disability under the ADA

March 30, 1998
Complaints about doctors who shunned patients infected with the AIDS virus had been rumbling across the country for years.
     But it took Sidney Abbott's visit to the small Bangor, Maine, office of dentist Randon Bragdon in September 1994 to trigger a case that would reach the Supreme Court. Now, the justices will decide for the first time whether people who have HIV are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The law prohibits discrimination on the basis of "disability" in dentist offices, hospitals and other places that serve the public. The Court is to hear arguments in the case on Monday.