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15.11.2009 Still confused

Coming back from a brief retreat I am still confused and frustrated to being threatened by a London law firm about the contents of  two of my blogs. It feels like money reigns over truth. Nevertheless, I will wait and see. At the end, so I always hear, will the truth prevail. It should not take too much of my energy in the moment. I am awaiting the content of the complaint from the law firm directly and then I will decide how to follow-up on it. I have altered the two blogs concerned until further notice and me seeing the essence of the complaint.

This all should not stop me from continue working for the cause of HOPE Cape Town and writing the blog to continue networking with all readers and interested people. I still hope to being able to do this with WordPress, but I am also aware that they cannot judge such matters and being themselves subject of a complaint, might react and suspend the blog. If this happens then please check: http://www.stefanhippler.com – there will for this eventuality  be a notice where to find the continuation of the blog.

 

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18.09.2009 Criminal HIV?

“Nick Rhoades, an Iowa man sentenced May 8 to 25 years in prison for failing to disclose his HIV status to a male sexual partner, had his sentence reduced to five years of probation without jail time in a September 11 reconsideration hearing, The Iowa Independent reports.”

It is indeed an interesting question on whether disclosure of a HIV status can or should always be judged by legal means. In the existing climate of stigmatization and discrimination it is very unlikely that all people infected will be willing or able to disclose before being sexually active with somebody else. Punishment for non-disclosure, often even if no infection took place is growing in the legal systems of nations and I tend to disagree.
I would argue that the onus lies on both parties to protect and if I want to engage in sexual activities where the exchange of body fluids is likely, I have to treat every unknown and maybe even every known person as if he/she is carrier of the virus.  It always takes two to dance one says – and this applies also to such cases like the one above.
I personally don’t think that the tool of the criminal code is a very good tool to prevent infections; I think it will rather make it more unlikely that people get tested because at least they could argue then, that they did not know at all.
I see with concern that more and more also African countries develop laws in that regard, even punishing people when they did not know of their infection and no infection took place.
Extra criminal laws in this regard puts people living with the virus very quick into the criminal corner – that is not what we need to stop the stigma and in doing so,  creating an environment where we are really able to stop the spread of the virus.

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