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

By Kellee Terrell

August 17, 2010

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.

You can download the 50-minute BBC podcast here or use our player on the right.

Kellee Terrell is's former news editor.

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