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Author Topic: New York Times -- Sunday's "The Ethicist" column on hiv disclosure  (Read 904 times)

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Offline CalvinC

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I am wondering what people thought about this:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/29/magazine/29wwln-ethicist-t.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=ethicist&st=cse

My thoughts: for some reason I found the tone pandering and slightly condescending. He consults an epidemiologist who isn't even in hiv/aids care, and then says that, essentially, it is up to the hiv person, not others, to be "careful."

This reminds me of larger issues playing out in the courts right now, where the criminalization of hiv/aids is based upon the notion that other people need not take precautions to protect themselves; it is always the person with hiv/aids who is at fault.

Thoughts?

Cal

Offline Elephant

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Re: New York Times -- Sunday's "The Ethicist" column on hiv disclosure
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2009, 12:09:21 PM »
If household items could transmit hiv we would have a much larger epidemic. This sounds like fear from lack of education to me. Over the last 25 years how many of us have had neg room mates who are still neg? I think this fear / disclosure need is poop. - Just my thoughts.

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Re: New York Times -- Sunday's "The Ethicist" column on hiv disclosure
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2009, 01:51:33 PM »
How asinine. He makes it sound like we should live in a bubble to "protect" others. I can bet you there will be an apology coming in the next few days.

Offline CalvinC

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Re: New York Times -- Sunday's "The Ethicist" column on hiv disclosure
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2009, 03:51:58 PM »

I have emailed the Times with my concerns about the lack of ethical rigor and the various distortions (not to mention the pandering to the idea of criminalization).

For those of you who wish, you can send an email to Randy Cohen at ethicist@nytimes.com.

It is even better if you cc the email to Clark Hoyt: public@nytimes.com. He is the ombudsman, of sorts, called the Public Editor. I addressed my email to both men.

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Re: New York Times -- Sunday's "The Ethicist" column on hiv disclosure
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2009, 08:15:29 PM »

My thoughts: for some reason I found the tone pandering and slightly condescending.

Pandering and slightly condescending is par for the course for this column.  I was taken aback by this column on Sunday -- but every other week he has something that sets my teeth on edge.  He thinks he is funny ...
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