|Punish those people who deliberately spread HIV|
|Friday, 18 May 2007 18:50|
Informanté has been inundated with reports that various high-flying individuals have been deliberately spreading the virus, placing us in a dilemma on whether or not to identify and expose these unscrupulous individuals.
The law does not allow us to publicize the identity of HIV-positive individuals without their consent.
We strogly believe that the wanton spread of HIV by those who are fully aware of their status must be put in check.
Reports of HIV-positive people in Namibia knowingly spreading HIV by sleeping with innocent and unsuspecting individuals are not new. This has been going on for long.
According to our sources, the bug chasers who have been breeding the virus with a view to spread it to as many people as possible are usually financially well-off people and business individuals who continue to lure mostly economic vulnerable women in our community.
Such unscrupulous individuals will continue to massacre the nation through the deliberate spread of the virus until the laws that protect their identities are done away with. People who are HIV positive or suffering from AIDS should not only be exposed but charged with serious crimes if they deliberately infect people with the disease.
But, who are the laws of the land meant to protect? If an individual goes on a deliberate HIV-spreading spree that individual must be publicly identify to save the lives of hundreds or thousands of citizens who could be harmed by his or her actions.
There is a raging debate in this part of the world on this subject and whether there should be a specific law drafted to deal with the wanton spread of HIV.
The most logical conclusion is to lock up such evil men to guarantee public health.
AIDS is more devastating than any weapon of mass destruction, so the laws must protect the ordinary citizens.
Although there is split legal opinion on the subject, we believe that laws should protect the citizens, especially children, teenagers and mothers who are hardest hit by HIV. HIV infects faithful wives and partners, whose only crime was to have sex with their husbands.
But there is a clear absence of laws that protect them, no control whatsoever over their own bodies as a human right and abysmally low living standards. Poverty plays its role, but upon close scrutiny, it is attitudes and customs like arranged marriages without prior HIV-testing and the absence of rights and laws protecting women that are fanning the flames of the blazing epidemic.
We believe that by identifying those wilfully spreading HIV this would save many innocent lives because it sends out a flare to those who are most at risk - a warning to be vigiliant.
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