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    Imprisoned over HIV: One man's story - CNN.com

    Should it be illegal to have sex with someone without informing them of a known STD even if you use condoms?

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    Haven't read the story since it won't load for me at home today, but my first gut reaction is YES, it should be illegal to have sex with someone knowing that you have HIV or any other uncurable STD without informing your partner. Condoms don't offer 100% protection, so it should be up to the partner to decide whether to have sex with you or not.
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    I read this story. Condoms don't protect 100%. Who doesn't know that? Who doesn't know that having sex with someone means you could be exposing yourself to a number of diseases?

    I think people should live in a prove it to me as far as possible that you don't have HIV etc before sleeping with someone else kind of world. I know how unrealistic that is given the climate of promiscuity and impulsive, careless behavior. But even still, I think both people bear responsibility for transmission. I think it's rotten of a person with HIV not to inform. At the same time I do think we all know the risks and if we choose to be complacent about the risks, it's too bad. I think the penalty he got was too harsh.

    However, I think the cards change when a person outright lies or otherwise intentionally deceives about their HIV status. I think in that case one should definitely receive a harsh penalty. Otherwise both bear the burden of taking care of their own safety.

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    Should it be illegal: yes it should be illegal to knowingly put others' lives in danger; however, I don't think the penalties should be as harsh as what this man was given unless the person outright tries to deceive or lie about the status.
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    I didn't read the whole article so I may have missed it...how do they prove you were known to have HIV do they pull medical records?

    I think it's awful to not inform and yes, there should be some consequence to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    I didn't read the whole article so I may have missed it...how do they prove you were known to have HIV do they pull medical records?

    I think it's awful to not inform and yes, there should be some consequence to it.


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    Actually I do think it should be illegal. I don't know quite how to justify it given my feelings on the right to privacy, but yes, I think you should have to disclose it if you're HIV positive or have an STD and you're going to have sex with someone. Absolutely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by myyams View Post
    Whatever happened to people being responsible for their own behavior - from both sides? How should people learn that they have to be accountable for their own actions, not just one party, both.

    In this specific case I think that other person did just that. Wearing a condom etc. I still think in all cases that the infected partner has the obligation to say "Hey, I have HIV" or another STD if it is known.

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    There was a case here a while back about a man being found guilty of several charges of attempted murder after he had sex with multiple women knowing he was infected with HIV. Some of the women were infected, some not. Yes, I absolutely believe that not informing your partner of a potentially deadly virus should be illegal. Though, I think the major contributing factor in our case in Canada was that the man's intent was to infect as many women as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    Actually I do think it should be illegal. I don't know quite how to justify it given my feelings on the right to privacy, but yes, I think you should have to disclose it if you're HIV positive or have an STD and you're going to have sex with someone. Absolutely.
    Yes, I agree with this. With HIPPA and whatnot I'm not sure how you would prove it, but I do think that if someone knows they have HIV and they don't tell their partners prior to sleeping with them, the partners should at least have the option to press some sort of charges. I agree that we need to be responsible for our own actions, but part of that is having good information to make a decision.
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    I'm pretty sure that even with HIPPA, a court could order your medical records to be released to prosecutors, who would then have to treat them as confidential. That's one reason why I don't support the idea of "test at home" kits. This is information that I believe needs to be "findable" if needed. You're probably all too young to remember the case of Dr. Acer who was an HIV+ dentist in Florida; the only known transmittals of HIV from a dentist to patient are Dr. Acer's which has led many to believe that he intentionally infected them. That investigation came about only because a young woman who claimed to be a virgin developed AIDS and wanted to know how she got it. That investigation could have hit a dead end if there was no way for investigators to know that Dr. Acer had tested positive.

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