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July 18, 2011

Canadian Judge Rules HIV Not an "Automatic Death Sentence"

A Canadian judge has ruled that AIDS is no longer an "automatic death sentence," the National Post reports. After a preliminary hearing, Ontario Court Justice David Wake dismissed four charges of attempted murder against Steven Paul Boone for knowingly transmitting HIV. Wake said treatment has advanced to the point that death is no longer an "inevitable consequence or even a probable consequence" of HIV. Boone will still stand trial on 21 sex and assault charges involving eight men. The ruling comes only two years after a Canadian court convicted Johnson Aziga on two counts of first-degree murder for knowingly transmitting HIV.

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Queen, East Cleveland,OH, 2011-07-19 11:08:15
This is not progress, this is going to make things worse for people who are HIV negaitive and positive, the stigma will worsen.

Mark S. King, Ft. Lauderdale, 2011-07-19 10:21:34
Now THAT'S progress. *sigh*

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