Mass. Sues Dentist Over HIV Victims
BOSTON (AP) _ The state sued a Boston dentist Tuesday for allegedly refusing to treat patients with the AIDS virus and telling employees not to accept HIV-positive people as patients.
The state claims Dr. Guillermo Recinos and business partner Yolanda Jereidini violated state and federal laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Prosecutors said there are at least two instances where the dentist refused to treat patients with the AIDS virus. They seek civil penalties of at least $10,000 and a court order barring him from refusing to treat HIV-positive patients.
Recinos said he has treated 10 to 15 such patients in the last 10 years and is active in fund-raising efforts for HIV-related research.
``When a patient comes and he tells me he has AIDS, I tell him if he wants to be seen here at the dental office I will gladly see him,″ Recinos said.
The attorney general’s action comes four months after a Supreme Court ruling that people infected with HIV are protected by anti-discrimination laws.