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Detroit Woman's HIV/AIDS Hoax Video Spurs Debate Over HIV Prevention Ethics

January 28, 2010

Jackie Braxton in her online video.

Earlier this month, 23-year-old Jackie Braxton sent a video to Mediatakeout.com in which she claimed to have intentionally infected about 500 people with HIV since her 1998 diagnosis. In the video, she hides her face behind a bandana, and names some of the people she supposedly infected in the Detroit, Mich., metropolitan area. Within two days, the video received more than 400,000 views, prompting several calls to the Detroit Police Department.

Police quickly identified Braxton, who runs her own pornography site (the address of which flashes repeatedly on the screen throughout the video). Because it is a felony in Michigan to knowingly transmit HIV, she was taken in for an

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Comment by: adrian (Croatia) Mon., Feb. 1, 2010 at 12:20 pm EST
thatīs not only sick behaviour but also dangerous because it puts more stigma on people living with HIV
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Comment by: shegotnerve (il) Sun., Jan. 31, 2010 at 12:41 pm EST
however, there should still be a punishment. because HIV is not something to laugh about or find humor in.
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Comment by: Shegotnerve (IL) Sun., Jan. 31, 2010 at 12:33 pm EST
Well, in this case i am not sure how i feel about this, there its kind of a double edged sword. On one point you want to be upset with her for saying she's positive and she knowingly infected over 500 people is upsetting but in the end she if the Testing Centers numbers for HIV testing doubled the outcome is positive because if we just go off the supposed 500 people that would be 1000 people that got tested and if they shared it with there partners that they slept with thats another 1000 people and so on. The bad part is that she lied and and she used it to promote her porn site. But whether or not she lied or promoted the upside is that there are people who now know they are positive or are relieved they are negative. She made a difference whether her tatics we scary or not she may have saved someones life in the early stages of the disease. I'm negative and my boyfriend is positive its not something we toy around with or handle carelessly so i think kudos for scaring people to get tested because had she not there could have been people walking around carelessly spreading the disease with out knowing because the generation today seems to think they are invincible that they dont get tested. So i'm undecided just happy that they outcome caused the number of people to get tested doubled.
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Comment by: Andy Sun., Jan. 31, 2010 at 9:16 am EST
I can say Jackie is a star. For she can create more realistic scenes in as far as HIV/AIDS in concerned. In steady of panic, people have to learn more and become aware of their short comings.
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Comment by: Todd (South Dakota) Fri., Jan. 29, 2010 at 9:46 pm EST
Perhaps she can be charged with making terroristic threats. I believe that is a punishable crime that can have some very serious consequences.
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Comment by: EJ (london uk) Fri., Jan. 29, 2010 at 10:38 am EST
This woman is an idiot!
Even if she weren't advertising her porn site, her irresponsible behaviour reinforces the negative stereotype that many people have that HIV+ people don't care about infecting others.
HIV may have gone from a death sentence to "just" a long-term infection, but it is still no walk in the park! For all the people who know next to nothing about HIV this justifies stigma.
If she wanted to raise awareness she could have promoted safe sex on her website.
I am trying to be polite, but maybe if she did really have the virus she wouldn't be so foolish.
Jackie, you reap what you sow and remember that what goes around comes around.
And yes, I do think she should be charged. I'll leave the legal terminology to law experts.
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Comment by: Annette (Germany) Fri., Jan. 29, 2010 at 4:39 am EST
THIS SO FREAKING SICK! She should be sued! Calling herself a serial killer and claiming to kill people is so damn sick! Thanks to people like her HIV/AIDS keeps getting a bad name! And NO - nobody will understand the virus more now. It hasn't anything to do with "prevention" only to promote her porn site and own business. I guess being so damn stupid and inhuman you only have the choice of making money by being in the porn business!
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Comment by: Gloria (Stone Mountain, GA) Thu., Jan. 28, 2010 at 3:52 pm EST
Any credibility she could have ever had as far as having an intention to "raise awareness" about HIV went right out the window with her advertising her porn site in conjunction with the video. This was totally done for profit, with an attempt to justify it after the fact. Disgusting.
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Comment by: Jesse (Washington, DC) Thu., Jan. 28, 2010 at 2:39 pm EST
she should be charged with starting a public health scare
she could have done this in a better manner it was totally wrong and more than misleading
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Comment by: Rodrigo Fuentes (Santiago, Chile. South America) Thu., Jan. 28, 2010 at 2:28 pm EST
What a stupid woman! I just canīt believe it. Raising panic is never an aswer to anything. Shame on her....
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