Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. Juanita Manning

Second Advisor

Sally Vliem

Third Advisor

Teri Davis


The discovery of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has produced a variety of ethical issues that have impacted the world tremendously. HIV and AIDS have had a profound effect on many aspects of life including health, careers, self-esteem, prejudices, relationships, businesses, and social stigmas. When the disease was first discovered it was thought to be a problem for only gay men and intravenous drug users, so many people did not worry about it. Now, however, it is understood that no one is immune; it can infect anyone. In fact, it is projected that in the year 2000 there will be over 15,000 new cases of HIV infection daily worldwide (Malone, 2000). HIV/AIDS is a real problem that has produced a multitude of ethical issues, particularly in the healthcare field. Specifically, many people infected with the disease struggle to receive adequate healthcare. Discrimination has been one of the largest problems that those afflicted with AIDS have had to face (Wiseman, 1999). Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to examine some major ethical issues people living with HIV/AIDS face when accessing healthcare.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only