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Jailing of AIDS man condemned
[Posted: Fri 16/03/2001 www.irishhealth.com]
A leading Irish AIDS activist has condemned the jailing of a Scottish man today for infecting his girlfriend with the virus through unprotected sex.
Paddy Connolly, the chief executive officer of Cairde, described the five year sentence as 'a prescriptive response' and has expressed concern that it might dissuade people from being tested for the disease and coming forward for treatment.
"If people are going to be irresponsible it is very hard to legislate for that", he acknowledged. "But it is not going to solve the problem of infection by having a law about it. You are linking a criminal activity to a disease that already carries a stigma".
The 33 year-old Scottish man was sentenced today under a new Scottish law that considers having unprotected sex while knowingly HIV positive to be culpable and reckless conduct.
The Department of Justice told irishhealth.com that while needlestick assaults (attacks on others using syringes) are named as offences in the 1994 Criminal Justice Act, there is as yet no precedent set in the Irish legal system for prosecuting a person for infecting another with HIV through sexual intercourse.
|Anonymous Posted: 16/03/2001 16:53|
|What about those responsible here for infecting haemophiliacs with HIV from blood products. So far, 76 have died. Will the law be applied evenly?|
|Anonymous Posted: 14/12/2003 00:37|
|The reason the man was punished was for knowingly and deliberately infecting another person. As far as haemophiliacs receiving HIV through blood products is concerned, I doubt very much that this was a deliberate, calculated act of malice. What punishment does Paddy Connolly think the man should have got and would his views be the same if it was one of his own family who had been infected in this deliberate manner?|
|Anonymous Posted: 17/12/2003 13:12|
|It may not have bee4n an act of malice but it certainly was an act of negligence and willfull neglect of ones duty of care to the people receiving transfusions. This is why two senior people in the BTSB are/were before the courts. I have not heard anything of the case in a while but believe that the heamophiliacs infected through these blood products deserve a better deal than they have been given. Peoples heads need to roll as it was well known that the blood imported was of very high risk but administered without due care.|
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