AIDS Comes to a Small Town
The mayor of Williamson says closing the pool was his duty to the people of the town. "If there's just one chance in a million that somebody could catch that virus from a swimming pool, I think I did the right thing," he says. "I contacted the newspaper, which let everybody know an AIDS patient was in the pool. And I contacted the state health department, and of course they said I overreacted and that they felt the pool should be opened. However, in the meantime, everybody in the community knew that there was an AIDS patient in that pool, and they could use their own judgments if they want to go in or not."