God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

pensées of a Catholic priest

26.08.2010 Nadja… and a personal opinon

A suspended sentence is the result of the court proceedings against Nadja Benaissa. It is welcome news that she has not to go to prison. But the case remains to be a controversial one: The office of the prosecutor clearly violated the rights of Nadja in the way she was arrested and in publishing her HIV status or the number of her past lovers directly after her arrest. The question whether the criminal law is the right tool to clarify such cases remains in doubt. If it comes to sexual intercourse both parties have to play their part to avoid any infection.
By the way: not only those are infectious, who know their status, but also those, who have not been tested. Everybody in our days should be aware of the risk and act accordingly. To put the onus legally only on one party is in my opinion not right.

There is enough legislation to deal with cases of people willingly and with intention infecting other people – otherwise the law is surely not a tool to fight stigma and discrimination. The deeds of the prosecutors in this case have certainly not contributed to advocate testing and de-stigmatisation.

The case shows that also in Europe, not only in Africa, there is a long way to go until people feel comfortable to reveal their infection without fear of discrimination and stigmatization.

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HIV, AIDS and HOPE – thoughts of a Catholic priest

Being a Roman - Catholic priest and working in the fields of HIV and AIDS in Africa is often a challenge. Living in Africa has also its challenges. On the other hand I feel very much blessed having all the three. So you will find stories and reflections about my work, about the church, South Africa and Africa and essential information and developments in the field of HIV and AIDS. And in between personal stories and thoughts. You are most welcome to leave a comment or to get in touch with me - blogs - "thinking loud" so to speak is a ways of communication and exchange of ideas.

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