If dentists’ offices are places of public accommodation, andif HIV-positive status is a disability, then a dentist who refusestreatment to a patient so afflicted is illegallydiscriminating.

That’s the reasoning of a suit filed last Monday in federaldistrict court in Newark under the auspices of the American CivilLiberties Union of New Jersey. It charges Shelton Dental Servicesof not only refusing to treat a patient last September but ofdisclosing her medical condition to others without consent.

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