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Activity 4: The Case of the AIDS Respirator

As a possible introduction to this unit, students will read Chapter 1 of Abraham Verghese’s book “My Own Country,” then consider the following questions:

1. Can AIDS actually be transmitted through a respirator? (This should give the chance to introduce some details about transmission). Was the hospital staff’s reaction to the respirator appropriate?

2. What are some ways that AIDS could be transmitted in a hospital setting? (See the chapter of this same book dealing with a blood transfusion case at Duke Hospital).