HIV-Positive Zimbabwean Woman Laced Child's Porridge With Menstrual Blood
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By Justin B. Terry-Smith
March 5, 2012
So this has got to be one of the most disgusting stories I've ever heard. HIV dies easily in the air so I don't know what this lady was thinking, maybe she didn't know; but I think this act is still nasty.
A 17-year-old maid, Pelagia Mureya from Zimbabwe was caught lacing a baby's porridge with her menstrual blood. WTF, that in itself is probably one of the most disgusting things I've ever heard on the news. The 17-year-old maid is also confirmed to be HIV positive.
According to sources at MSN, the maid had repeated this act several times before. So Mureya would cook the porridge and put her menstrual blood in it then give it to the four-year-old child to eat. But one time the parent actually noticed a spot of blood in the porridge and asked Mureya about it. Mureya claimed to be ignorant about the whole act. The parent became suspicious and took the maid and the blood spotted porridge to the hospital. Blood tests were taken from both the spot of blood and Mureya. The hospital then confirmed that the spot of blood did match Mureya's blood. The parent quickly pressed charges against Mureya.
Authorities arrested Mureya and she has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, if she is on good behavior she could be released in 8 years.
HIV criminalization is wrong, but this woman intentionally wanted to spread HIV. There is a difference between the two. There are laws in place now in several different states that do not specifically go into much detail about what is involved when spreading the HIV virus. For example if one man with HIV bites someone who does not have HIV chances are that they will not spread the virus unless there is a laceration in the person mouth and the skin of the person who is being bitten is broken and bleeding. In some states the person will not only go to jail for assault (which they should), BUT they might go to jail for trying to spread the HIV virus, even if self defense was the intention and he or she was NOT trying to spread the HIV virus.
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Justin B. Terry-Smith may be one of the most public African Americans living with HIV: He has his own blog and Web site, and he's even on YouTube. And who can blame him? Only 30, he already has an incredible story to tell. Justin admits he used to live "a very dangerous life," but since his diagnosis three years ago, the former heavy drinker and drug user has turned his life around.
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