Thank you for your contribution to HIV disclosure to sex partners.
With so many posts about HIV, criminalization and taking responsibility for your own sexual health and well being, there is something that I find frustrating and disconcerting. Most people who I meet for sex are reasonably intelligent, successful and often well educated, except when it comes to taking the initiative to protect themselves. In this area there is a momentary lapse where they are either in denial or simply do not or choose not to know the importance of taking the initiative. I understand on many levels why people get caught up in the moment and do not think about protecting themselves.
What I find more perplexing is their sudden new found knowledge of HIV, their rights, and legislation about HIV non disclosure, when they realize they forgot to take the initiative. As they swiftly classify themselves as a victim, they plead their case with the prosecution and a witch hunt pursues.This includes the use of media to round up witnesses by posting their sex partners name and photograph on television and other media outlets, to help prove their partner was reckless and most definitely dangerous. They must be if they are charging them with the worst criminal offense -aggravated sexual assault. All of this, as the alleged victim is assured anonymity and excused for not asking questions. How do they manage to learn about the legislative process so quickly in an attempt to protect themselves, yet, do not learn about how this damaging legislation does, in fact, contribute to increases in HIV transmission rates? How is it that in 2013 the situation with HIV and responsibility is more debilitating than ever?