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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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lonem, , 2011-08-08 12:01:08
Yeah the judge is right but being hiv positive is much worse than being dead. If you are still alive just don't get the shit! condom condom condom! The medication can keep you going but on the other side, the stigma can eat you up.

mark, , 2011-08-05 00:10:11
Queen,get a life you sanctimonious twerp

Maggie, Mount Pleasant, 2011-07-31 17:51:55
I think that we are losing the point here. STD's are not fatal.Though I am sure they can be. HIV is! It takes its time with each person and each of us is different.I think that the person who gave this to me should be charged but with withholding needed information. And as for the use of a condom...to each his own. Hindsight is 20/20. I prefer to inform my partner...

teresa, atlanta, 2011-07-23 09:38:44
the judge is right. we all maked a dicision to use a condom or not. i decided not to, so does that mean that the person who gave this to me is responsiable for giving me HIV? he maybe wrong for not telling me if he knew, and i think action should be taken against him, but I made the choice to lay down with him in the 1st place. so yes he should be held responsiable for his actions, but not for attempted murder. charges

clifford williams, Philadelphia, 2011-07-20 12:44:07
I think before anyone rules on HIV/AIDS they must contract the virus what is a normal life, their is so much more to having the virus it attacks a persons well-being,Mental, Physical,Spiritual, Relationship and environment well-being I know because I have the virus, the medications do help but the long term consumption is what kills the body it works on the organs, always remember the the virus is always doing something. Our fight is to live until a cure is found. I lost my wife to the virus.

Disco Queen, Somewhere, USA, 2011-07-19 22:06:05
Its about time society gets a clue. If you have HIV and take your meds and live a "normal" life, you will life a long productive life. The days of dead in a few years are so-early 90's. Its about time the rest of society understand this. And stigma is only what you want it to be Queen. If you want life to be a drag then it will be..get out of the fantasy world and get a job would ya.

Bill Chappelle, Cairns Aust., 2011-07-19 21:55:01
What ever you think about this, the fact remains that this is no longer a fatal illness. Yahoo live love and prosper

debbie, chittenango, 2011-07-19 21:07:09
How is this not progress? I think it is great that it is not a crime for conviction. People pass around all kinds of STD's and aren't prosecuted. I still think people should use protection. Kind of like Universal Precautions in Health Care. I am a HC worker in the US and we don't know who has what , we just treat everyone the same and protect them and us.

jerry, Saint Petersburg FL, 2011-07-19 21:05:08
It is a death sentence if you can't afford to get your medicine to fight it off.

Maggie, Mount Pleasant, 2011-07-19 18:34:30
I have to say from the stand point of someone who was given HIV by someone she thought loved her...I have a RIGHT to want to see him pay for what he has done to me. We have been together for 12 years, I take care of him and his mother Who also knew and did not tell me. Neither feels bad about the fact that I am getting sicker. I personally think that it SHOULD be treated as attempted murder I am not out to charge him and use this as a soapbox...either you love the person or they have ruined life

Kellie, ocean view, 2011-07-19 17:21:44
The take away message should be protect yourself, no one is going to do it for you. People really need to learn to be responsible for their own bodies and sexual health. (This is coming from someone who didn't !)

fred, , 2011-07-19 16:57:32
Queen,please explain HOW this is going to make things 'worse' for all people? you sound rather sanctimonious.The judge is right,deal with it.

mark, london, 2011-07-19 14:06:59
Well that makes me feel a lot beter ha ha wish they would not make this news.but well done to the judge.

TrojanBuster, CNJ, 2011-07-19 13:36:27
This brings up the perennial question of whether an HIV dude can suck off an HIV neg. dude safely. The answers are always convoluted, but I maintain that there is no risk. Watch ANY of the latest porn dvds and find one, juyst one, where the cock being sucked is wrapped in latex.

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.

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