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BBC Tackles HIV, Disclosure and Criminalization as German Singer's Trial Begins

August 17, 2010

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German pop singer Nadja Benaissa is facing criminal charges for not disclosing her HIV status before having unprotected sex -- and subsequently allegedly infecting one of her partners. World Have Your Say, a BBC podcast, dedicated an entire show to the topic on Aug. 16. The show's guests, including Edwin Bernard, an expert in HIV/AIDS criminalization, and Todd Heywood, an HIV-positive reporter for the Michigan Messenger, discussed whether HIV-positive people should tell their sexual partners their status; whether not disclosing should be a criminal offense; and the barriers that stop some from being open about having HIV.

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Comment by: sunny (from nigeria) Mon., Sep. 6, 2010 at 12:19 pm EDT
i am surprise a woman was sue to court becos boyfriend complain or reported that he was infected well the issue here is that if this boy friend was conscious abot himself he should have talks abot having HIV TEST with in the few months of relationship with the singer. so if i am the judge i will dismissed the case, becos the man in question is a careless being.
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Comment by: veronicah Thuita (kenya) Fri., Aug. 20, 2010 at 6:43 am EDT
stigma on the hiv positive people still high.Disclosing may lead to end of the relationship so people shouldn't trust each other on sex matters before testing."Trust only yourself"
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Comment by: vera (Kano Nigeria) Fri., Aug. 20, 2010 at 6:33 am EDT
That was too bad of her, there is nothing bad in telling the truth, be open any one that loves you don't mind what is wrong with you and stay with you. it is better to say the truth than die in silence.
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