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  •  the dfifference has a GREAT deal to do with HOW (2+ / 0-)
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    vcmvo2, capelza

    unlike the flu or Tb, hiv is a blood-borne pathogen for which there is no cure if the person who is exposed to the pathogen becomes infected.

    it is more than nuance.

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    by dadanation on Sat May 30, 2009 at 12:51:31 PM PDT

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    •  if there's a cure for the flu (1+ / 0-)
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      then that's news to me.

      I'm pretty sure more Americans die from the flu every year than AIDS.

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      by Perimeter Progressive on Sat May 30, 2009 at 12:56:40 PM PDT

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      •  that's not the point (1+ / 0-)
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        are you intentionally conflating two completely different issues here because it somehow makes your point seem right?

        hiv is a blood-borne pathogen and requires such for transmission.  

        think about it.

        the degree of intimacy required for hiv infection is quite different to that of say the flu or Tb.

        blood-borne pathogens are not the same as air-borne pathogens.

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        by dadanation on Sat May 30, 2009 at 01:12:20 PM PDT

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        •  ok (1+ / 0-)
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          I'm not seeing why the point of HIV transmission requires intimacy as a legal basis for charging him with assault with a deadly weapon over someone with the flu.  

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          by Perimeter Progressive on Sat May 30, 2009 at 01:13:52 PM PDT

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          •  I don't see the difference either. n/t (0+ / 0-)
          •  I'm only speculating (1+ / 0-)
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            on dada's intent but I would guess the difference to be based on the ease of transmission of one vs the other.  Although it can be deadly, I don't believe the average person who may or may not know they have the flu really thinks they are endangering the life of another by being in their presence.  The choice of having sex on the part of the knowingly infected is much more deliberative.

            To put it on a similar level, I would think the flu person would have to have gone to the doctor,been told that the strain of flu he has is life threatening to him and others, went on the plane anyway and wiped his used tissues over the face of his seat mate or spit in the guy's coffee while he was in the lavatory.

          •  part of it (0+ / 0-)

            is that I believe he actively lied about his status.

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            by lostboyjim on Sat May 30, 2009 at 09:49:09 PM PDT

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      •  Are you really this obtuse? (0+ / 0-)

        HIV is a vastly different dz than H1N1. Flu is cleared from a body completely. HIV...not so much.

        Most people that transmit flu have no idea that they have it. Airports also did not let people with fevers fly during the recent outbreak to reduce the chance of transmission.

        There are vaccines and antivirals that are readily available for the flu and once the disease is cleared it IS NOT A DEATH SENTENCE.

        If someone was told that they were carrying a deadly, airborn pathogen and they got on a plane anyway, then I believe they could face consequences as well.

        How you seem completely incapable of recognizing the difference here is beyond me.

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