21 April 2011


NY man charged for not telling of HIV infection - WSJ.com

The stigmatization of HIV has made the incentive to NOT disclose HIV-positive status greater than the incentive to do so. The criminalization of HIV, as exemplified in this case, contributes to said stigma. The laws regarding HIV transmission are not in sync with science and are premised on false information. HPV, another sexually transmitted infection, causes terminal cancer. We do not criminalize transmission of HPV, yet we criminalize transmission of HIV, a non-terminal infection when treated with medication.

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