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Author Topic: But He Looked So Healthy! Australian Man Charged With "Knowingly Spreading HIV"  (Read 49298 times)

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Offline jkinatl2

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Show me where anyone has "excused" those who infect others. I really cannot read that.

And it is not a "bleeding-heart liberal" attitude that promotes personal responsibility. If anything, it's a fairly traditional one.

"Many people, especially in the gay community, turn to oral sex as a safer alternative in the age of AIDS. And with HIV rates rising, people need to remember that oral sex is safer sex. It's a reasonable alternative."

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Offline Boze

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Mtd - So you are advocating this as part of the acceptance stage? Ie that concentrating on the victimhood aspect prevents one from moving on with their life? That may be true - but I also think it's important to not lose sight of the responsibility HiV+ people have toward the HIV-. Playing Russian roulette with lives of others is indefensible.

I personally think the best way to halt is to amp up the testing (as well as enforce the laws in question). I believe that is the most effective way to deal with it. That said - I think this guy is a bad apple (hence the news story) and most hiv+ would not do this.

Oh - just to clear up - I have absolutely no personal involvement in this issue. I was given HIV by someone  who didn't know they were positive, I actually gave the person the bad news myself.  If an individual knowingly gave me the virus there would be [NJ accent] very severe consequences for them to face.

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Jkin - well if one says that the blame is 50-50 than it removes half of the responsibility from the offender. That sounds like partly excusing or at least removing culpability.

I see your point how one should take responsibility for his actions. And having unprotected sex can lead to a virus. BUT - that would be true in case of your partner not knowing (as it happened to me). If the partner knows and knowingly infects you - I think that changes the equation.

What would you say to someone who is HIV+ and donates blood? Let's say somehow his blood enters the blood bank (test didn't work).


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Offline Matty the Damned

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Mtd - So you are advocating this as part of the acceptance stage? Ie that concentrating on the victimhood aspect prevents one from moving on with their life? That may be true - but I also think it's important to not lose sight of the responsibility HiV+ people have toward the HIV-. Playing Russian roulette with lives of others is indefensible.

I'm advocating it as common fucking sense. But yes, coming to terms with an HIV diagnosis is much easier if one avoids the all too tempting desire to blame others for what is really one's own failing.

Looking for someone to blame is ultimately pointless. There are better more constructive ways to expend such personal energy.

Oh - just to clear up - I have absolutely no personal involvement in this issue.

I suspect that this is not true.

MtD

Offline Boze

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"I'm advocating it as common fucking sense. But yes, coming to terms with an HIV diagnosis is much easier if one avoids the all too tempting desire to blame others for what is really one's own failing.

Looking for someone to blame is ultimately pointless. There are better more constructive ways to expend such personal energy."

Then we are talking about different things. I was talking about the acrobat who infected Australian women. You veered into one's personal journey of living with the disease. It may have been my fault for recognizing that earlier.

"I suspect that this is not true."

Not sure how. If you are implying that I'm blaming someone else for my getting sick - I am not. Here I actually take full responsibility - the person didn't know they had it. I fucked up.
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Offline john33

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Jkin - well if one says that the blame is 50-50 than it removes half of the responsibility from the offender. That sounds like partly excusing or at least removing culpability.

It's neither excusing nor removing culpability, what he did was wrong, but saying it was all his fault isn't going to help these women (note the last i read they had only found one) come to terms with the change in thier reality.
Playing Russian roulette with lives of others is indefensible..

And the russian roulette of these women???
I see your point how one should take responsibility for his actions. And having unprotected sex can lead to a virus. BUT - that would be true in case of your partner not knowing (as it happened to me). If the partner knows and knowingly infects you - I think that changes the equation.

Different ballgame, but unfortunatley with the same result, ergo wrap it up every time

What would you say to someone who is HIV+ and donates blood? Let's say somehow his blood enters the blood bank (test didn't work).

There will always be the danger of one bad apple who tries it on, but the greater danger is people gay bi or st8 who don't test reguarly, don't know thier own staus and give blood. However the tests are very reliable, and one hell of a lot more accurate than a vague I'm straight, so i don't need to test but i know i'm neg

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« Last Edit: May 26, 2010, 08:36:56 PM by john33 »

Offline Matty the Damned

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"I'm advocating it as common fucking sense. But yes, coming to terms with an HIV diagnosis is much easier if one avoids the all too tempting desire to blame others for what is really one's own failing.

Looking for someone to blame is ultimately pointless. There are better more constructive ways to expend such personal energy."

Then we are talking about different things. I was talking about the acrobat who infected Australian women. You veered into one's personal journey of living with the disease. It may have been my fault for recognizing that earlier.

No we're talking about the same thing. The acrobat's case serves as an exemplar of what I consider to be the issue of apportioning blame rather than doing anything concrete about educating the community about HIV transmission.

"I suspect that this is not true."
Not sure how. If you are implying that I'm blaming someone else for my getting sick - I am not.

No, I'm not implying that. I accept that you take responsibility for your infection.

MtD

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Offline Rev. Moon

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I was infected by someone who knew they had the virus. I take responsibility for my infection, however, because

I CONSENTED TO UNPROTECTED SEX

Assuming responsibility for my infection was the first step towards accepting my role in treating it.

Ann (not Anne) does not "always defend the "givers") Ann (not Anne) promoted mutual responsibility for adults involved in a consensual act.

Was I naive? Yep. Did I trust the wrong guy? You betcha. Was I a victim? NO. I refused that term. And by NOT being a victim, I found the strength to stay alive for almost twenty years, back when HIV really WAY a death sentence.

It is a strategy I highly recommend.



100% with you on that.

On May 8th and May 9th, 2009, I slept with someone whom I thought I trusted and who knew his status.  I was dumb enough to believe it when he said "I'm negative."  His words at the end of the sexual act hinted that something was up (he said "don't worry about me, worry about yourself").  Less than three weeks later, a year to this day, I began the most ghastly acute infection process known to humanity (well, that's all relative).  Soon enough I became a pozzie.

So yes, he lied.  It could even be argued that what he did was morally incorrect or whatever you want to dub it.   Still, the fact remains that I was the one who made the incredibly fucking stupid decision of having unprotected sex with that man.  I assume my 50% responsibility in this goddamned debacle.   Did I ever think about blaming him or reporting him to some authority?  FUCK NO; I am no angel (I had been quite the whore before, but condoms were always part of the equation).  I did what I did and I unfortunately paid for that mistake.

Being honest with oneself: priceless when it comes to the HIV process.

People need to stop eating what the chicken pecks and put away the stupid victim act.  It simply disgusts me.

[edited 'cause me grammar stinks when I'm pissed off]
« Last Edit: May 26, 2010, 09:25:11 PM by Rev. Moon »
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In psychology, Stockholm syndrome is a term used to describe a paradoxical psychological phenomenon wherein hostages express adulation and have positive feelings towards their captors that appear irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims.[1][2] The FBI?s Hostage Barricade Database System shows that roughly 27% of victims show evidence of Stockholm syndrome.[3] The syndrome is named after the Norrmalmstorg robbery of Kreditbanken at Norrmalmstorg in Stockholm, in which the bank robbers held bank employees hostage from August 23 to August 28, 1973. In this case, the victims became emotionally attached to their captors, and even defended them after they were freed from their six-day ordeal. The term "Stockholm Syndrome" was coined by the criminologist and psychiatrist Nils Bejerot, who assisted the police during the robbery, and referred to the syndrome in a news broadcast.[4] It was originally defined by psychiatrist Frank Ochberg to aid the management of hostage situations.[5]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_syndrome

Love the avatar though :)
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Offline john33

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In psychology, Stockholm syndrome is a term used to describe a paradoxical psychological phenomenon wherein hostages express adulation and have positive feelings towards their captors that appear irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims.[1][2] The FBI?s Hostage Barricade Database System shows that roughly 27% of victims show evidence of Stockholm syndrome.[3] The syndrome is named after the Norrmalmstorg robbery of Kreditbanken at Norrmalmstorg in Stockholm, in which the bank robbers held bank employees hostage from August 23 to August 28, 1973. In this case, the victims became emotionally attached to their captors, and even defended them after they were freed from their six-day ordeal. The term "Stockholm Syndrome" was coined by the criminologist and psychiatrist Nils Bejerot, who assisted the police during the robbery, and referred to the syndrome in a news broadcast.[4] It was originally defined by psychiatrist Frank Ochberg to aid the management of hostage situations.[5]

Perhaps I'm missing something but what's that got to do with anything??

John

Offline mecch

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Well, there are a few "victims" among the HIV+ set, and if anyone doesn't like that fact, please don't insult everyone with your definitions of healthy acceptance.

Transmission through rape - victim.
Total betrayal of rules in a committed relationship where the unsafe sex has been negotiated to those rules - victim.
I am sure there are other cases, too.

I agree it may not help the HIV+ person to wear victim on his sleeve.  I'm seeing that the pariah status and death sentence of an HIV diagnosis are constructions you need not accept, so "victim" of what. A person raped is actually a victim of violence.  HIV is a nasty bonus.  A person who is betrayed so horribly in a relationship is a victim of a horrible relationship.

Humans are complex creatures.  I don't think it helps at all to go around saying ALL HIV+ people "deserve" or are responsible for what they got" for one reason or another.  I think some people are just going about their human lives and can be run over by the HIV bus and sometimes that bus is driven by a particularly despicable character.
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Offline skeebo1969

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Perhaps I'm missing something but what's that got to do with anything??

John

Maybe he's trying to tell us we are all secretly in love with our infector. ???  Dunno though..
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I agree it may not help the HIV+ person to wear victim on his sleeve.  I'm seeing that the pariah status and death sentence of an HIV diagnosis are constructions you need not accept, so "victim" of what. A person raped is actually a victim of violence.  HIV is a nasty bonus.  A person who is betrayed so horribly in a relationship is a victim of a horrible relationship.

Miss Meech, did I say anything about victims of rape or betrayed partners in a committed relationship?  Uhmmm... no.  So please misquote someone else.


Humans are complex creatures.  I don't think it helps at all to go around saying ALL HIV+ people "deserve" or are responsible for what they got" for one reason or another.  

To quote Ann, "excuse me, but fuck you."  I was referring about my own situation when I said that I got what "I deserved" for being irresponsible about my sex life.  If you want to use some other euphemism go ahead and knock yourself out.  Everyone else may go ahead and feel whatever way they want about their infection.  Still, I stand by my words that it is irresponsible and deplorable for anyone who decided to ride it cowboy style at some point with some random trick or partner and come in here playing victim.  Sorry, it does not fly with me.


In psychology, Stockholm syndrome is a term used to describe a paradoxical psychological phenomenon wherein hostages express adulation and have positive feelings towards their captors that appear irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims.[1][2] The FBI?s Hostage Barricade Database System shows that roughly 27% of victims show evidence of Stockholm syndrome.[3] The syndrome is named after the Norrmalmstorg robbery of Kreditbanken at Norrmalmstorg in Stockholm, in which the bank robbers held bank employees hostage from August 23 to August 28, 1973. In this case, the victims became emotionally attached to their captors, and even defended them after they were freed from their six-day ordeal. The term "Stockholm Syndrome" was coined by the criminologist and psychiatrist Nils Bejerot, who assisted the police during the robbery, and referred to the syndrome in a news broadcast.[4] It was originally defined by psychiatrist Frank Ochberg to aid the management of hostage situations.[5]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_syndrome

Love the avatar though :)

Sorry, mate. This does not apply to me.  I do not defend that man nor do I harbor any positive feelings towards him.  I simply can't hate him.  I accept responsibility for my infection, take the necessary steps to remain healthy, accept my life with HIV, and move the fuck on.  Simple as that.
"I have tried hard--but life is difficult, and I am a very useless person. I can hardly be said to have an independent existence. I was just a screw or a cog in the great machine I called life, and when I dropped out of it I found I was of no use anywhere else."

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Maybe he's trying to tell us we are all secretly in love with our infector. ???  Dunno though..

must be a deeply buried secret then ::)

I'm not in love with this mystery man, but then again even if I knew who it was i wouldn't take him to court.
Shit happens, all we can do is pick up the peices and try and make the best of the situation

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Offline mecch

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Rev, I was referring to the argument in general. The you was not you, the you was one.
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Mecch so your saying we're not responsible for ourselves, actions and consequences??

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Rev, I was referring to the argument in general. The you was not you, the you was one.

Then I apologise for my transgressions (and still stand by my general point :))
"I have tried hard--but life is difficult, and I am a very useless person. I can hardly be said to have an independent existence. I was just a screw or a cog in the great machine I called life, and when I dropped out of it I found I was of no use anywhere else."

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I dont have a problem with your point Rev. I have a problem when the general argument among HIV+ people is that all HIV+ are responsible for their infection. Its far too much moralising and conjecture than is called for. We don't know shit about other peoples experiences. We dont know shit about what happened between this guy and the women "he" "infected". 
I am all for anyone assuming their current situation and making the best of it.
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Offline Matty the Damned

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I dont have a problem with your point Rev. I have a problem when the general argument among HIV+ people is that all HIV+ are responsible for their infection. Its far too much moralising and conjecture than is called for. We don't know shit about other peoples experiences. We dont know shit about what happened between this guy and the women "he" "infected". 
I am all for anyone assuming their current situation and making the best of it.

That is not the general argument. On more than one occasion we have qualified our various positions on personal responbility.

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Mecch so your saying we're not responsible for ourselves, actions and consequences??

Obviously not, EVERY PERSON is not ALWAYS "responsible" for events and consequences in this world. There are evil and sick people around who will do othes wrong.  
In the case of HIV, its not so easy to prove intent to harm, nor would it be easy to prove someone's state of "victimness".  Some states write it all out and its often ridiculous definitions. Not always though.
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Obviously not, EVERY PERSON is not ALWAYS "responsible" for events and consequences in this world. In the case of HIV, its not so easy to prove intent to harm, nor would it be easy to prove someone's state of "victimness".  Some states write it all out and its often ridiculous definitions. Not always though.

That's why Ann mentioned the rape victims being excluded from responsibility.  If that's not what you meant, who cares what the other person's intentions are, the fact still falls on personal responsibility to protect oneself.  You bring up a good point though,

"There are evil and sick people around who will do othes wrong."

And this is all the more reason why people should protect themselves.   
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That's why Ann mentioned the rape victims being excluded from responsibility.  If that's not what you meant, who cares what the other person's intentions are, the fact still falls on personal responsibility to protect oneself.  You bring up a good point though,

"There are evil and sick people around who will do othes wrong."

And this is all the more reason why people should protect themselves.   


Thanks Skeebs,
was looking through this ans realised you had already said what i was about to post.

I second this

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Thanks Skeebs,
was looking through this ans realised you had already said what i was about to post.

I second this

You got it kid. Skeeter might be southern, but from time to time he makes more than a bit of sense. :)

MtD

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i didn't think you could get any further south than you  ??? ;)

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i didn't think you could get any further south than you  ??? ;)

AnnieBC is slightly to the south of Matty. :)

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I cannot honestly believe that any member here could possibly advocate the criminalization of having HIV. But I guess if you live long enough, anything's possible.



What, if any, consequences do you feel there should be for people who know they are HIV+, lie about their status and refuse to use condoms?

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Send these people to a deserted island to live with each other.

Or there is always William F. Buckley's old 80's proposal, tattoo HIV+ on them.
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Send these people to a deserted island to live with each other.

Or there is always William F. Buckley's old 80's proposal, tattoo HIV+ on them.

Yawn.

MtD

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What, if any, consequences do you feel there should be for people who know they are HIV+, lie about their status and refuse to use condoms?

Well New York state is looking to lock such a person up for good.

BUFFALO, N.Y. ? A former drug dealer who infected at least 13 women with the AIDS virus should stand trial on New York state's efforts to have him committed indefinitely as a dangerous sex offender, a judge ruled Thursday.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i-5H5nnJGLcu7t7RL-EhRD7x7IBgD9FHJ0B81
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Well New York state is looking to lock such a person up for good.

BUFFALO, N.Y. ? A former drug dealer who infected at least 13 women with the AIDS virus should stand trial on New York state's efforts to have him committed indefinitely as a dangerous sex offender, a judge ruled Thursday.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i-5H5nnJGLcu7t7RL-EhRD7x7IBgD9FHJ0B81

There is so much more to this than can be encapsulated in a single sentence.  While it does not bode well for us that any disease whose spread requires two participants to propogate itself be punishable by law, the egregious infections by the guy in the previously linked article IS criminal.  If I infected 13 people with this virus I would fully expect to be punished for it. The other case over which this thread was started is something I would be curious to hear the exact details of, however I'm under the impression that he simply could not come to terms with his positive status and the stigma attached to it so rather than using a condom or disclosing to the women he was sleeping with he summarily infected at least one of them.  He could easily have prevented her infection had he simply been adult enough to utilize a condom.  She also could have prevented her infection but I do feel that the burden of guilt in this case falls on the party who had knowledge of the disease prior to the sexual act.

PS: This has nothing to do with my own infection which I fully take responsibility for, so please don't try to link this back to me playing the victim which seems to be the prevalent thought here.

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I can't wait till they bring the first charges against a person for recklessly causing grievous bodily harm by coming to work with swine flu and 'deliberately' infecting hundreds of others, some of whom die within days of infection.
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Thus my Typhoid Maryesque proposal. Locked up on that island. HIV sooooooo scarey scarey business. Boo! So vulgar, such bad taste. Criminal criminal criminal.

I dont see it coming to that at all.
Any smart judge would come up with the novel punishment of criminal charges for the grevious bodily harm, therapy in prison, and maybe mandatory HAART with testing for repeat offenders.  Like the neutering of sex criminals.  A genuine sex criminal who is criminal because he (she) can't help but charm dozens of people and transmit HIV, well I guess this must be so rare that I wouldn't have qualms about mandatory HAART with monitoring.  And rehabilitation so the person could understand how fucking anti-social and pathological it is to spread serious diseases through willful actions!

By the way, Switzerland readied their municipal bomb shelters to quarantine people with Swine flu and, before that, Aviary flu.  But finally it wasn't necessary.  They also pocketed billions selling medicine against the scare.  

Im sure any country with a pharmaceutical industry would be very interested indeed in mandatory HAART for certain anti-social actions - deliberate transmission.

Oh, for all the dense, I'm not advocated this. Just like i didnt like Buckley's proposal.  Just throwing it out there.

It DOES seem stupid to let a repeat HIV "transmitter" remain untreated, under the guise that it removes his human right to force medicine.  He didnt respect the rights of others, so.....
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And the result: People won't get tested in case they're found guilty

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And the result: People won't get tested in case they're found guilty

Please try that again with more words or better grammar?

They wont get tested unless they are found guilty?

They wont get tested because if the are positive and have infected people it will lead to criminal charges?

I think maybe you mean the latter.

In fact, you are morally NOT cleared, automatically, if you don't know you are HIV+ and infect another. Maybe, maybe not.  There is something called negligent ignorance.  "You should know that you are HIV- before you have risky sex."
Also, I seem to recall there being charges when people had risky histories and willfully refused to test.

Its all a rat fuck, in my opinion.

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Please try that again with more words or better grammar?
I'm as commmon as muck and proud of it,  ;D

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well did you mean "in case" or "unless"??
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ok you'll have to educate me!

they're the same thing aren't they?

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well did you mean "in case" or "unless"??

   cant he just use both and put a comma in the middle? ;D :D
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Happy to oblige.

I will bring an umbrella in case it rains.

That means, you bring an umbrella now, as preparation for something that might happen. Rain.


We will have a picnic, unless it rains.
That means you plan to have a picnic.  But if it rains, you wont have the picnic.

We will eat inside in case it rains.  That means: if it rains you will eat inside. If it doesn't rain, we assume you will not.


He will not get tested unless he is guilty.  That means, only when he is guilty, will he get tested. First guilty, then tested.  This isn't possible in what we were talking about. Because he would have to be tested before a trial to prove he was HIV+ and thus responsbile for something.

He will not get tested in case he is guilty.  This means, he will not get tested, because he fears he would be HIV+ and thus guilty.  But this doesnt make sense in our scenario either, because then he did not transmit with intention to transmit.  Thus he would be guilty of nothing.  
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  cant he just use both and put a comma in the middle? ;D :D

an excellent compromise ;D

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You will have to trust me on this. Unless and in case are quite different. Almost opposites.
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ok 'ill look up the difference.
I've been using them as the same and never realised they were different.

John (who's dragging his uneducated ass to wikipedia)

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I deal with this all the time with francophones, its not so obvious.
My examples are really standard, I just googled for you and got almost the same!
http://www.learn-english-today.com/lessons/lesson_contents/in-case_unless.htm

See if you can replace "except if" for in case or unless.  If it makes sense with except if - that means you need unless.
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thanks! and noted.

Suddenly i wish i'd payed attention in scholl lol

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What, if any, consequences do you feel there should be for people who know they are HIV+, lie about their status and refuse to use condoms?


If an (allegedly) negative person is interested in fucking a person who refuses to use condoms (regardless of what that person claims about their hiv status), then the (allegedly) negative person should REFUSE to fuck them. Then there are no consequences. See how that works?

If the poz person refuses to take no for an answer and rapes the (allegedly) negative person, then the poz person should be tried for rape, with a more severe sentence being handed down if the person is judged guilty of not only rape, but also hiv transmission.
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If an (allegedly) negative person is interested in fucking a person who refuses to use condoms (regardless of what that person claims about their hiv status), then the (allegedly) negative person should REFUSE to fuck them. Then there are no consequences. See how that works?

I'm seriously amazed that this forum's members can't grasp this.
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I'm seriously amazed that this forum's members can't grasp this.

Aye. It's mind-boggling. Gets a bit tedious.
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If an (allegedly) negative person is interested in fucking a person who refuses to use condoms (regardless of what that person claims about their hiv status), then the (allegedly) negative person should REFUSE to fuck them. Then there are no consequences. See how that works?

If the poz person refuses to take no for an answer and rapes the (allegedly) negative person, then the poz person should be tried for rape, with a more severe sentence being handed down if the person is judged guilty of not only rape, but also hiv transmission.

I really don't understand why you refuse to acknowledge the moral and legal obligation upon the HIV+.

How about this analogy - a con man who lies to an old person and steals their money by pretending to be a friend of his granddaughter who is in trouble. Your answer seems to be - it's the responsibility of the conned to check references and make sure they are not taken advantage of. That may be prudent - but our society still condemns and incarcerates those who cheat and lie.
Most of human interactions are predicated on trust. How would society operate if EVERY transaction was put in question? It simply doesn't work. Two people who are about to have sex (usually) like each other. They have a connection. It's only natural to expect their to be trust.

Your idea is predicated on assumption that nobody can be trusted - that's just not how things work.
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Your idea is predicated on assumption that nobody can be trusted - that's just not how things work.


NOPE. Sorry. My idea is predicated on the assumption that yes, some people lie and cannot be trusted, but trusted people MAY NOT ACCURATELY KNOW THEIR HIV STATUS.  You cannot tell someone about something you do not know you have.

You know, kinda like the woman from whom you acquired YOUR infection. Kinda like the man from whom I acquired MY infection.

I should have insisted on using condoms. I didn't. I'm responsible for my own infection and I would feel that way even if I'd found out that the person involved KNEW their status and LIED.

My health is my own responsibility and I refuse to lay that responsibility on anyone else's doorstep. It's mine and mine alone.
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