My Fair Lady
I foundyour discussion of Femmes Positives, the organization fighting tocriminalize HIV transmission in France, to be objective andrepresentative [“Fighting Femmes,” June 2005]. Aurore, the 24-year -oldwoman who killed herself after hearing her infector might get out ofprison, is my daughter. I simply wish to fight for justice—so Isay yes to criminalization. Obviously, the answer is not to punisheverybody—people with HIV are not bad. But we need vigilance and tospread our message. You are part of this chain of communication.
“FightingFemmes” is extremely biased and makes me ashamed to live in France. Youfeed the criminalization movement by using mostly one-sided quotes fromthe women of Femmes Positives—even if you criticize many of the dubiousthings they stand for. Your cover line, “French Revolution,” should be“French Regression.” Do you know that there are approximately 70,000HIV positive women in France, and they are almost all [likely] againstcriminalization? Giving this small minority publicity can onlyreinforce their convictions.
Iwas intentionally infected by a lover and must disagree with Sean Struband his view of criminalization [Founder’s Letter, June 2005]. Hecontends that “the trend to prosecute people with HIV who have sexdeemed ‘unsafe’ or without disclosing their status is terrifying.” Mylover of four years came to me and forced unsafe sex. He knew hisstatus and later disclosed to a friend his intention to infect me to“maintain the relationship.” This kind of behavior deserves prosecution.
“WhiteSmoke in Our Eyes” [June 2005] calls the Catholic Church’s stance oncondom use “oversimplistic” without actually explaining it. Thisindicates a lack of understanding of the sanctity the Incarnationbestowed upon the human body. Picturing a chalice, the sacred vessel ofthe blood of Christ, overflowing with packaged condoms was a sacrilegeand an outrage. Showing an unwrapped condom on the fingers of the latePope John Paul II was pornographic. Your disgraceful display onlydeepened the schism between those fighting AIDS from within the Churchteachings and those from without.
Ilion, New York
Corrections:In “Fighting Femmes” [June 2005], Aurore had been dating the man whoinfected her for eight months—not six years— six months of which theylived together.
BeaconHill Clinic in Boulder, Colorado, does offer post-exposure prophylaxis(PEP) to its clients [“PEP on the Down Low,” May2005].