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Calling HIV 'Loathsome,' Judge Rules for Model Used in HIV Ad

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Charles

I consider this judge to be loathsome. what a douche for making a statement like that

November 9, 2015 kingston

Judi Backof

Chronic/uncurable is loathesome? Then I guess Diabetes and Empysema are loathesome. Sorry, judge-you showed big time ignorance, stigma and downright cruelty.

November 6, 2015 Fort Pierce

Michael

Oh stop clutching your pearls. He was just articulating a sentiment whose existence we're all too aware of. The model herself was perfectly rational to sue, as this could be a career killer for her. In a rare turnabout, we are not witnessing stigma, but a reflection of stigma. Perhaps if POZ and the rest of "activism" we're to organize to attack the underlying causes of stigma as they have for more commercial pursuits, we wouldn't be in this position.

November 6, 2015 Collinsville, IL

Andy in Walnut Creek

"Loathsome disease" is a legally-operative term in slander/libel/defamation law. This judge said that HIV fell within the category of "loathsome disease," insofar as it affected the plaintiff's ability to seek damages. So does venereal disease generally. This story is playing as if the judge somehow branded HIV as generally loathsome within society, but the judge is only saying HIV meets the LEGAL definition of "loathsome disease."

November 5, 2015

Chuck L

This is absolutely ridiculous!

November 5, 2015 Oklahoma City

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