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  •  wrong. Not "reasonable" (3+ / 0-)
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    You should not worry about associating with HIV+ people, but you should probably not have sex with them and you're not going to get AIDS unless there is a cut or some bodily fluid transmission.
    First place you don't "catch" AIDS.  Please understand that there is a distinction between HIV and AIDS.  Second - there are plenty of people who have HIV poz partners who are negative who safely have sex.  

    This kind of statement tends to reenforce stigma....the "unless there is a cut" remark

    A cut where?  Bodily fluid transmission? How?  Vague.

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    by Denise Oliver Velez on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 12:57:56 AM PDT

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    •  This is kind of silly. (0+ / 0-)
      irst place you don't "catch" AIDS.  Please understand that there is a distinction between HIV and AIDS.
      That's like saying that you don't catch paralytic polio, you just catch the poliomyelitis virus.  It is a distinction without a difference.  
      Second - there are plenty of people who have HIV poz partners who are negative who safely have sex.
      True... but does not change the fact that this is a high risk activity.

      I really don't see what you are trying to make a fuss about.  He's telling this woman "You can associate with HIV+ people without being at risk as long as you don't have sex with them, get their blood on you, or otherwise exchange bodily fluids."  I think that's a pretty enlightened attitude - I would not have been surprised if he had told her not to touch him.

      This kind of statement tends to reenforce stigma....the "unless there is a cut" remark

      A cut where?  Bodily fluid transmission? How?  Vague.

      Does it matter where the cut is?  

      As for the bodily fluid transmission, are you seriously expecting him to give a lecture on the different levels of risk from saliva, blood, semen, urine, and feces?

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