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Fear of Disclosure

The Sum of Its Parts

Marquee Values

It Takes IL-2 To Tango

Relapse: Don't Do It

Sister Soldier

Dancing Around It

Taking Care of Their Own


Fighting Blind

Free Load

Hitt and Misses

Post Office Botch

Checking In: Cheating On Your Doctor

Sew We Don’t Forget

Pump Up the Volume

Benefit Short Circuit

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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October / November 1995

Post Office Botch

AIDSphobic mail carrier fired

Tim Snodgrass, the 10-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service who refused to deliver mail to a home for people with AIDS, turned in his mailbag and change-of-address forms at the end of July. Charleston, West Virginia, Postmaster Richard Esslinger fired him after an all-day AIDS education session with a cardiologist flown in from Louisville failed to change Sodgrass' mind. The postman's paranoia involved a chain of events even Melrose Place fans would find absurd: First, he feared he would cut his finger on this particular mailbox and then touch the box or envelopes, all of which he considered "contaminated" with saliva of the HIV positive stamp-licking married couple living in the house. "This guy does not reflect the views of the U.S. Postal Service or the citizens of Charleston," Esslinger said. In fact, the community rallied to support the couple, Fred and Pat Grounds, and several mail carriers volunteered to deliver their mail.


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