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Author Topic: Knowingly spreading Hiv Can somebody shed some light?  (Read 33890 times)

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Re: Knowingly spreading Hiv Can somebody shed some light?
« Reply #100 on: October 30, 2008, 07:32:07 am »
This is a pretty contentious topic.  Each side of the argument has valid and interesting points.  The harsh reality is that there are new infections every day.  Some because people intentionally spread the disease, some because they spread it not knowing they had it, some because they were high/stupid/naive and engaged in high risk sex.

We can talk all day about criminilization, revenge, terrorism, et al but none of those will change what is happening every day.  To be clear, criminilization means putting people in cages.  We call those cages prison.  They are very expensive.  They are also a place where HIV transmission runs rampant due to societal ignorance.

What we do need to talk about is raising awareness among people who are poz, and people who are not.  Here's what I've done.
1. I posted my status publicly in my online profiles.  I have a variety of reasons.
2. I'm pretty harsh with my neg friends.  I've found I get maximum reaction by goading on their stupidity and slamming it with reality.  I.e. Sure it's no big deal if you become poz... i'll be happy to take you down to the clinic and help you with the paperwork and your first 5 or 6 appointments in your first month.  Thereafter you are on your own to go down every month or so and give blood, get tests, and manage your meds.  I will help you setup a schedule to take your meds, because if you screw up your meds you have to switch them and you only get a few chances.  But ultimately it's your responsibility to take them, daily, every day, with no vacation, on time.   That normally rattles their cage.

I usually reinforce that they need to be having safe sex.  Me personally, I hate condoms.  Yup. Hate the damn things.  Yea yea, I know, the world might fall, a plane might land on me, and I might have to get a shot of penicillin.  In the meanwhile I have decided that sero-sorting is the best option.  I will occassionally play with a neg guy, and condoms are not optional, they are required.  He has to be extra-hot for that to happen, otherwise I just tell them no, not interested... rejected because you are neg.

Anyhow, so rather than hate and nastiness, what have you done to raise awareness? to make people think? to encourage educators to combat 'bad behavior'?  What works best for you?

Because at the end of the day, being vengeful won't make as much of a difference as empowering others to be better, safer, and know their status.
Don't obsess over the wrong things.  Life isn't about your numbers, it isn't about this forum, it isn't about someone's opinion.  It's about getting out there and enjoying it.   I am a person with HIV - not the other way around.


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