Monday, July 18, 2005

He Said, He Said

A Georgian gay man who is well aware of his HIV-positive status is about to face charges for having consensual unprotected sex without disclosing his status to his sexual partners.

Many health professionals believe this case could dissuade individuals at risk for HIV from getting tested. There are also issues of privacy rights.

All in all, this is a pretty tough case to prove. Unless the defendant pleads guilty, it becomes a "his word vs. his word case."

In any case, we would never have to discuss this issue if people heeded well-known health information about sexually transmitted diseases and take it upon themselves to protect themselves in all sexual interactions. However, any individual that knowingly has HIV/AIDS and does not disclose it to their sexual partner is a pretty disgusting person.

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