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A clarification before arriving to AIDS 2012 in Washington DC

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BREALNYC

This is all extraordinary to me. I had been living under the (obviously) mistaken impression that Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, were these bastions of freedom and personal responsibility! I had THOUGHT that people had the freedom to have, or not have, sex any way they want! If one had unprotected sex, it was on them if anything negative (or positive) happened. Sexual freedom and responsibility/action and consequences were all PERSONAL matters; not something "an enlightened, civilized" State would embroil itself in. Silly me. Jeton, "IOWA?!" Wow. I feel like I've been slapped and told, "SNAP OUT OF IT!" I doubt it will change behavior, but it demonstrates there's work to do. Thank you. And good luck, Louis.

July 6, 2012

larryd

Put their feet to the fire test. If they are interested in protecting society, and this is not discrimination, then how many people have they prosecuted for passing cancer viruses (also deadly) one of any 32 HPV viruses (also deadly)????? Have they created testing, tracking of people with cancer and warn them not to have unprotected sex. You will find no law agains women with cancer, that she can ONLY have protected sex, and yet that virus is being passed on, every day. How do you think Michael Douglas got a cancer virus in his throat?? Governments are happy to police the gay community because of discrimination, they are not really interested in stopping disease from spreading, because the law would then include communicable deadly cancer and HPV viruses.

June 19, 2012

Sean Strub

Thanks for making this distinction clear, Louis. Looking forward to seeing you in Washington. Sean

June 18, 2012

jay leno

Louis,all I can say is that it's a fine kettle of fish you're in!!!

June 18, 2012

Jeton Ademaj

Louis, thank you for your clarification, it really underlines just how desperately Norway and other nations require legal reforms. essentially the law in Norway (as in the US state of Iowa and elsewhere) makes it illegal for an HIV+ person to have sex at all...regardless of transmission, regardless of risk or lack thereof, regardless of disclosure. i assume that an HIV+ person in Norway is never actually told "your sex life is over, get used to it" when you are diagnosed? it's interesting that the law in these places cares so little for the autonomy and free will of either party in these prosecutions, in addition to disregarding medical science. i hope you win your case and it leads to reform in Norway and elsewhere. a resident physician in a hospital or truck driver on a highway each present a far greater and more imminent danger to public health (due to regular sleep deprivation) than you apparently ever did, and it's time that the Law recognized this. in solidarity, Jeton Ademaj

June 18, 2012

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