When you first hear that the state of California wants to repeal the law requiring that HIV and AIDS infected people inform any potential sex partners before engaging in sex, you think that they must be out of their minds. After all, would you not think that it would be a part of the decision making process?
It seems that this is not the attitude of everyone. Some in the Senate want to repeal this law.
The Sacramento Bee reports:
Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener has proposed Senate Bill 239 to repeal the laws, saying they do not reflect current HIV medical practices and have not helped stop the spread of HIV and AIDS.
“We’re very serious about this reform, and moving away from this criminalization model around HIV and going to a more public health approach,” Wiener said. “Fundamentally, HIV is a public health problem, not a criminal justice problem, and it needs to be treated this way.”
Now, there seem to be a few points to be made concerning the difficulty in spreading the disease if properly treated. If the person infected is using his medication, then there is virtually no chance of spreading the infection.
But, what is not as clear is the reason for repeal. Is it not reasonable to think that someone would not want to become intimate with someone infected regardless of the risk? Though it is not a guaranteed death sentence as it once was, there is still the possibility that they would not want to take that chance or face the loss of a loved one from the disease.
The only reason to repeal the law is the fact of who it affects. It affects prostitutes (who are already breaking the law), and it places a stigma on others. However, this is no reason to repeal the law. Are you going repeal the law because it makes them feel bad?
Being jailed for being a pedophile makes the child molester feel bad too, does that mean that we repeal their punishment as well?
That’s probably next.
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