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Man With AIDS and TB Confined to Home

April 12, 1994

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) _ A judge ordered an AIDS patient to be indefinitely confined to his home because his drug-resistant form of tuberculosis may be contagious.

Superior Court Judge Dan Coursey refused Monday to overturn a DeKalb County Board of Health petition ordering John Kappers to remain at home in ″respiratory isolation.″

Kappers had planned to travel to the Netherlands today to visit relatives.

Kappers tested negative three times on the standard test for whether a TB patient is contagious, according to Dr. Lawrence Sanders, the health board’s acting director. But Sanders testified that the test doesn’t apply to Kappers because his form of TB is resistant to several drugs.

Kappers has had 12 negative tests since January.

He said he was being discriminated against because he is gay.

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