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Offline David in Toronto

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disclosure laws Bahamas
« on: December 04, 2012, 06:24:05 PM »
I will be traveling to the Bahamas in February and wanted to know what te disclosure laws were. I've tried to find an answer online however I get only mixed answers. Would want to find myself in a jail cell for enjoying my vacay.
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Offline Rev. Moon

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Re: disclosure laws Bahamas
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2012, 10:03:50 PM »
From AIDSmap.com (which is usually a good source when it comes to this disclosure issue by geographic region):

http://aidsmap.com/law-country/Caribbean/page/1445013

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There are few data on laws that specifically criminalise HIV exposure or transmission in the Caribbean region and ever fewer reports of prosecutions outside Bermuda. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the Bahamas and Cuba are considering proposing laws to criminalise HIV exposure or transmission.  In addition, many countries in the Caribbean criminalise consensual sex between men, sex work and injecting-drug use, which hinders HIV prevention, as well as timely access to HIV testing, treatment and care services for HIV-positive people practising these criminalised behaviours.

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Offline anmlvrnyc

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Re: disclosure laws Bahamas
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2012, 12:45:36 PM »
Better not say anything about your status. hide your pills if you are on meds. most carribean countries are not gay friendly to begin with.

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Re: disclosure laws Bahamas
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2012, 01:18:31 PM »
Actually I think there's a huge difference in gay friendliness when you compare Spanish speaking islands and the English ones. I've not been to the French speaking ones but I can't imagine St. Barts being a hotbed of anti-gay attitudes.
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Offline David in Toronto

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Re: disclosure laws Bahamas
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2012, 09:32:00 AM »
Thanks for the info and advice.

For the record I am not gay. I guess People with HIV will always be stigmatized. Although a high percentage of HIV infected are homosexual, to assume everyone with HIV is gay is just as bad as racial generalizations.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not offended, I have many gay friends and am totally cool, but my point is that stigmas must end against people living with HIV, the only disease where your a criminal as soon as your diagnosed.

Much love
David
Diagnosed: Jan. 24/ 12
Cd4: 90
VL: 69000
Weight: 179 Lbs from 215 Lbs 3 months earlier
Started Meds: Truvada / Kaletra Feb. 16/ 12
Cd4 as of Apr: 387
VL as of Apr: 409
Weight: 189 Lbs
Switched Meds: Truvada/ Intelence June 25/ 12
CD4 as of July: 330
VL as of July: UD less than 40 copies
CD4 %: 24%
Cd4 as of Apr: 387
VL as of Apr: 409
Weight: 189 Lbs
Meds: Truvada/ Intelence
CD4 as of Oct.: 360
VL as of July: UD less than 4 copies
CD4 %: 30%

Offline Jeff G

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Re: disclosure laws Bahamas
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2012, 12:58:08 AM »
Hi David . I Know its presumptuous to assume all men with HIV are gay but in this case I think it was an honest mistake because there are so few straight men who post regularly here on the forum , so I don't think that mistake adds up to stigma 

You are correct and make a good point that stigma is alive and well as far as HIV is concerned and one of the best ways to combat it is to be open about living with HIV when its possible to do so without fear of violence or the loss a job in some cases . I always say you don't have to worry about disclosure laws unless you are unwilling to disclose .

Since your going to be on vacation and unlikely to run across people that you meet there back home I suppose you could disclose and shag to your hearts content while there and come home with no one the wiser if it suits you , who knows you may meet some great women and fight stigma at the same time . Have a great trip !     

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Re: disclosure laws Bahamas
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2012, 09:45:05 AM »
....
For the record I am not gay. I guess People with HIV will always be stigmatized. Although a high percentage of HIV infected are homosexual, to assume everyone with HIV is gay is just as bad as racial generalizations.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not offended, I have many gay friends and am totally cool, but my point is that stigmas must end against people living with HIV, the only disease where your a criminal as soon as your diagnosed.

Much love
David

David,

While I see your point about stigma, you also have to assume that when you are in a place (like these forums) with a lot of gay men, then a lot of folks are going to assume you are gay -- and it has nothing to do with HIV.  It's kinda the same as in most places in society, when most people -- especially straight people -- operate from the point of view that others are straight.  Now, I suppose ideally no one should make assumptions about others' sexuality.  But it's an ingrained part of us that happens at the subconscious level.  Since you have "many gay friends", ask them for their point of view on this.

I hope you also realize that as person with HIV you have to fight stigma, and as a straight man you may be able to have a bigger impact by being open about HIV than all of us tired old gay guys.  Lots of folks just assume all teh gays have HIV anyway.

Stigma not just going to go away.

Regards,

Henry
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Offline Solo_LTSurvivor

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Re: disclosure laws Bahamas
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2012, 01:53:42 PM »
Regarding stigma, the latest issue of Positively Aware mag ran an article on the subject.  While it was specifically aimed at gay men, it was interesting nonetheless.
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Re: disclosure laws Bahamas
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2012, 02:08:20 PM »

Don't get me wrong, I'm not offended, I have many gay friends and am totally cool, but my point is that stigmas must end against people living with HIV, the only disease where your a criminal as soon as your diagnosed.

Much love
David

Adding a little stigma of your own?  I've never viewed myself as a criminal.

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