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  •  I'm not aware of that usage. (1+ / 0-)
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    smartalek

    Perhaps people do use "clean" in the context of other STIs, but one can usually "cleanse" oneself of those infections by taking antibiotics, so the stigma is less severe than that attached to HIV.  As things stand now, one cannot "cleanse" oneself of HIV infection, and thus one will always be "unclean."

    To answer your question, yes, I would still object to the sentence if it had been phrased as "proving your blood is clean."  The adjective "clean" seems to me to be freighted with value judgments.  Besides, is there such a thing as truly "clean" blood?  Our bodies harbor any number of pathogens, many of which are in our blood.

    Much better to use neutral medical terms.  For example, is the donor "infected with HIV?"  Is the virus "present" in a blood sample?  There are lots of other terms one can use.  Personally, I think I like Cali Scribe's suggestion that one use "clear."

    "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

    by FogCityJohn on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 03:19:20 PM PDT

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