Sex Without Disclosure By Persons Living With Hiv

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Correspondingly, What happens if HIV positive individuals decide not to disclose their status to their sexual partners? How do the victims feel and what laws do they think should be set in place to prevent the transmission of HIV? K.J. Horvath, R.M. Weinmeyer, and B.R.S. Rosser (2010) examined the overall patterns and outlooks towards criminalization of non-disclose of men with HIV who have sex with other men. In the study the participants who were from different states were asked to complete a 70-minute survey over the course of a 3 ½ months which entailed accessing attitudes and high risk behavior. The goal of this study was to describe the overall pattern and predictors of attitudes toward criminalizing unprotected sex without disclosure by persons living with HIV among a broad sample of men who have sex with men living in the USA. The study found 65% thought it should be illegal for an HIV-positive person to have unprotected sex without disclosure, 23% thought it should not be illegal, and 12% were unsure. However, the results did not show that the justification of HIV Laws would lead to a decrease in the spread of the virus. “Items used for the purpose of this study were taken from a larger online survey of online and offline sexual attitudes and behaviors, substance use, and laws relevant to the GLBT community.” (p.1222) Additionally, What happens when a person’s HIV status is disclosed with or without their consent? Can the intent of the disclosure determine the
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