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    Re: Should those with HIV/Aids be required by law to tell their lover they have HIV/a

    I think they should be forced to disclose their HIV/AIDs status before any kind of sexual act. A person has the right to be informed of their partners diseases, especially fatal ones that can drastically alter their future (having aids may mean no children, no marriage, and premature death/suffering). Keeping this secret and still having sex is almost like biological violence. they would be giving someone a deadly disease without knowing it.

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    Re: Should those with HIV/Aids be required by law to tell their lover they have HIV/a

    I don't think it should be limited to AIDS either, I think anyone with any form of sexually transmitted disease ought to be required, by law, to inform any potential sexual partner and in fact, get a signed waiver that they were told and accept the potential consequences.
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    Re: Should those with HIV/Aids be required by law to tell their lover they have HIV/a

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    I don't think it should be limited to AIDS either, I think anyone with any form of sexually transmitted disease ought to be required, by law, to inform any potential sexual partner and in fact, get a signed waiver that they were told and accept the potential consequences.
    Well, there are only a few that are actually incurable: the viruses. HIV, Herpes, HPV.
    It would be difficult enforcing such a law, since apparently at least 75% of sexually active Americans have or have had HPV (it tends to go dormant in the vast majority of people about 18 months after infection, and cause no overt symptoms; one remains potentially contagious for the rest of one's life, though).
    Both HPV and Herpes are transmitted via skin-to-skin contact rather than (or as well as, in the case of HPV) via bodily fluids. So a condom doesn't protect against them.
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    Re: Should those with HIV/Aids be required by law to tell their lover they have HIV/a

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    Well, there are only a few that are actually incurable: the viruses. HIV, Herpes, HPV.
    It would be difficult enforcing such a law, since apparently at least 75% of sexually active Americans have or have had HPV (it tends to go dormant in the vast majority of people about 18 months after infection, and cause no overt symptoms; one remains potentially contagious for the rest of one's life, though).
    Both HPV and Herpes are transmitted via skin-to-skin contact rather than (or as well as, in the case of HPV) via bodily fluids. So a condom doesn't protect against them.

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    Re: Should those with HIV/Aids be required by law to tell their lover they have HIV/a

    Quote Originally Posted by WI Crippler View Post
    I can't imagine the level of moral depravity it would take for someone not to tell their lover that they had HIV/AIDS before engaging in any sexual activity. Its one thing if you didn't know and found out later. But if you have full knowledge of your disease, you have responsibility to not spread it around. Hell, you can't take your kid to a daycare if they have a slight fever. Same principle.
    The reason they will not tell is because they figure if they tell someone? That person is gonna run for the hills and want nothing more to do with them.

    Honestly if someone you had been going out with on a casual basis and wanted to take it to the other level told you they have HIV/AIDS how would you react? Would you still date them? Would you still go out with them?
    Would you have sex with them?

    Sure we have came a long way in reguards to awareness but some people will hear that and bail as they are not willing to risk the chance they "may" get infected.

    For me? I like to think if I had already fell for the person? Knowing they had this or another STD would not change and I would still be with them. I would just make sure we were as safe as we could be.
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    Re: Should those with HIV/Aids be required by law to tell their lover they have HIV/a

    Isn't that already a law?

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    Re: Should those with HIV/Aids be required by law to tell their lover they have HIV/a

    Quote Originally Posted by Kali View Post
    The reason they will not tell is because they figure if they tell someone? That person is gonna run for the hills and want nothing more to do with them.
    And that is their right. Not telling them of the AIDS would only enforce why a person would not want to be with them in the first place, untrustworthy and uncaring for your safety. Horrible. If they tell, then the person can make a healthy and informed choice. Nothing wrong with that. The person that is for the AIDS person is one that will not run. Only a horrible person would not tell. I couldn't even imagine.

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    Re: Should those with HIV/Aids be required by law to tell their lover they have HIV/a

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    Re: Should those with HIV/Aids be required by law to tell their lover they have HIV/a

    Yes they should

    Assuming of course the term lover means they are having sexual relations

    As the HIV/Aids virus is currently uncurable, the intentional passing it along is the equivalent of poisoning someone. And in my opinion the equivalent of attempted murder and should/when the victim die murder itself.

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    Re: Should those with HIV/Aids be required by law to tell their lover they have HIV/a

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Should those with HIV/Aids be required by law to tell their lover they have HIV/aids.
    I can comment on this as a health professional.

    No, they should not. I say this because of the policy level implications. All HIV/AIDS testing in North America has the option of anonymity. If it were law to inform your partners of your status, then fewer people would get tested, and thus more people would be ignorantly spreading the disease.

    Think about it... if you suspect you MIGHT be infected but don't know for sure, some people would just talk themselves out of getting tested. After all, if it's illegal to not tell your partner that you're infected, it would be scary to have to deal with the conflict and drama that would follow. So those people might choose to not get tested out of fear of what a positive result might mean.

    I find it hypocritical that those against the health care bill on the grounds that the government shouldn't be interfering in people's health would be in favor of mandatory HIV disclosure. If two people are having consensual, unprotected sex, then they are mutually making the choice to take a risk. It's not the government's job to manage the health and social lives of those infected.

    Also, why just HIV? Even though herpes is not fatal, it is extremely life altering to those who are infected and suffer regular outbreaks of sores. Why does HIV get singled out?

    I can just see the privacy and civil rights violations. There is no benefit to society here. I think very few instances of this type of criminal activity exist. The law would only end up punishing the vast majority of those infected who already live with a stigma hanging over their heads yet manage their lives responsibly. Such legislation removes their power to choose.

    If you don't want to catch a disease, then use protection, don't have sex, or make sure that you and your partner get tested and share the results before engaging in unprotected sex. It's really that simple. We don't need big brother management of this situation.

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