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

    Should those with HIV/Aids be required by law to tell their lover they have HIV/aids?





    I think anytime you engage in sexual relations with someone you should inform that person of any STD that you have.


    http://www.ippf.org/NR/rdonlyres/B44...HealthyHot.pdf

    Some countries have laws that violate the right
    of young people living with HIV to decide whether
    to disclose. Young people living with HIV can take
    steps to protect themselves.
    Some countries have laws that say people
    living with HIV must tell their sexual
    partner(s) about their status before having
    sex, even if they use condoms or only
    engage in sexual activity with a low risk
    of giving HIV to someone else. These laws
    violate the rights of people living with HIV
    by forcing them to disclose or face the
    possibility of criminal charges.
    Strategies to protect yourself:
    • Find out the specifi c laws in your country, visit The Global Criminalisation Scan - About the Global Criminalisation Scan and
    read Verdict on a Virus (IPPF, GNP+, ICW) Guides and Toolkits
    Verdict+on+a+virus.htm or speak to your service providers or local support group.
    • Open communication and trust are important for healthy relationships. At the same
    time, it is also wise to take steps to protect yourself from criminalization. The best
    way to protect yourself is to share your status with your partner(s) before becoming
    intimate (including kissing, oral sex or full penetrative vaginal and anal sex). New laws
    criminalising the transmission and exposure of HIV to others are based on whether the
    person living with HIV has disclosed their HIV-positive status to their partner(s) or kept
    it hidden. If you have disclosed to your partner, it could be a good idea to keep ‘proof’
    that you have told your partner about your HIV status.
    • Demonstrate that you have taken steps to reduce the chances of your partner(s)
    becoming infected. This includes choosing lower risk sexual activities, using condoms
    consistently and adhering to your treatment (if you are on ART).
    • Get involved in advocacy to change laws that violate your rights. Contact your local
    network of people living with HIV.
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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. It's a fatal disease, and people should be able to make informed choices about whether they want to take the risk of catching it.
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    Re: Should those with HIV/Aids be required by law to tell their lover they have HIV/a

    I have gone back and forth on this ever since you posted the question. Personal freedom vs the good of society. Right now I am leaning pretty hard towards the good of society. Personal freedoms are not absolute, just pretty damn important.
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    Re: Should those with HIV/Aids be required by law to tell their lover they have HIV/a

    right now, it is a fatal, contagious disease. If you knowingly expose someone to it without their knowledge when you had the opportunity to tell them about it, then I consider the act to be akin to attempted murder or manslaughter.

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

    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.
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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 Redress View Post
    I have gone back and forth on this ever since you posted the question. Personal freedom vs the good of society. Right now I am leaning pretty hard towards the good of society. Personal freedoms are not absolute, just pretty damn important.
    Their partner just gets the opportunity to make their own informed choice, too.
    Last edited by Jerry; 04-11-10 at 11:19 AM.

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

    A lot of the time, people with HIV don't know they have it.
    It's basically symptomless.

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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 rivrrat View Post
    right now, it is a fatal, contagious disease. If you knowingly expose someone to it without their knowledge when you had the opportunity to tell them about it, then I consider the act to be akin to attempted murder or manslaughter.
    What she said. It's a fatal, contagious disease. It's your responsibility to not spread it around.
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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 Poll Question
    Should those with HIV/Aids be required by law to tell their lover they have HIV/aids
    No.

    Should they, however, be required by law to inform their partner before engaging in sexual intercourse with her/him?
    Absolutely, I don't see a place for doubt here.
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