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Criminal Transmission of Hiv

  • Date Submitted: 09/24/2010 11:19 PM
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More than 25 million people have died of AIDS since 1981. 33.4 millions of people are surviving with AIDS in 2008. At the end of 2008, women accounted for 50% of all adults living with HIV worldwide. HIV is a virus that damages human immune cells (Hillig).   It weakens the immune system, and eventually, leads the infected person to develop a disease called AIDS. The few possible ways that people become infected with this virus are the following: having sexual intercourse with an infected partner, and/or injecting drugs or syringes using a needle or syringe that has been used by another person (Hillig). For the number of people living with HIV today, a primary concern should be preventing others from being infected with the same virus. Individuals that do have this infection are aware of the troubles to live with this disease and know that they would not wish this on anyone else. Individuals with this infection fail to realize that one little mistake can cost another person their life. It is sickening to think that there are many people in this world who are apathetic towards others who value their life. The precautions that should be taken, are often not undergone, and therefore result in a worsened situation. There are several cases, stories that have appeared in the media that express the grave stigma that lies around this subject. Some individuals that were charged have been prosecuted and imprisoned for their choices and actions in life. On the other hand, there are many people who have knowingly transmitted the disease, but still are not legally responsible. The fact still remains, that around 31.3 million adults and 2.1 million children were living with HIV at the end of 2008 (Hillig). To eliminate this apathetic behavior that is the cause of a widespread epidemic, it is necessary to eliminate the root of the problem....


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