Author: Amanda Pritts
This past Friday, October 6th, 2017 Liberal Democrat Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill (SB 239) that decriminalizes the spreading of HIV. Willingly spreading HIV has been reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor and a $50 fine - the equivalence to a minor parking ticket.
This bill also represents giving blood while infected, without telling the blood bank. 4.5 Million Americans receive blood each year from the blood bank, while in 2015, 36.7 million people were infected with HIV. If even a small fraction of blood donated to the blood banks contains HIV the results will be catastrophic. The insanity doesn’t stop with just blood, this new bill also allows sperm infected with HIV to be donated to sperm banks. Nothing says progress like infecting the woman who will be inseminated by the sperm, or the unborn infant as well.
The LA Times are calling this ‘Progress’ in the field of equality. In the future will this be extended to other diseases like leprosy for the sake of equality? Or vCJD? Why do more people need to be infected by deadly diseases for the sake of equality? HIV in time morphs into AIDS, which is an acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
AIDS impairs the body’s ability to fight infections by killing immune cells. When immunity decreases up to a certain level, very common pathogens can lead to severe and deadly diseases, such as the common cold, and funguses. Tuberculosis is one of the most common ways AIDS sufferers die, as well as from developed cancers such as Kaposi Sarcoma and various Lymphomas. Does any of that sound progressive, or something that should be given to an innocent person without their knowledge?
According to state Sen. Scott Wiener, and Assemblyman Todd Gloria, authors of the bill, “Modern medicine allows those with HIV to live longer lives and nearly eliminates the possibility of transmission.”
I fail to see where the morality is for infecting those who didn’t ask for a life full of HIV drugs, and a bright future full of other diseases. Of course with early treatment and never missing your medication, you can live between 20-50 years almost normally if you’re lucky. Without medication that will cost you between $2,000-$5,000 a month, you will in fact die between 6-10 years. Sounds like a truly thought out move, California!
A person infected with this disease on HIV drugs can live almost as long as someone who shouldn’t have been unjustly infected in the first place. The very notion that every person with HIV is keeping up on their medications at the radical average prices I’ve mentioned above is an impossibility, which makes the statement made by the authors of the bill, a blatant lie.
This idea of ‘decriminalizing HIV’ is a falsehood in itself. It is not illegal to have HIV, but it should absolutely be illegal to infect someone with a death sentence, and should be treated the same way as murder. On average during the life expectancy of someone with HIV, they will spent approximately $3,000,000 over the course of a 50 year period, at the average of $5,000 a month. Even at the low end of the medication of $2,000 a month over the length of only 20 years, the price is $480,000. I sure hope ‘Obamacare’ covers some of that.
Even if you’re not from California, but especially if you are, if you have multiple sexual partners you should always be using protection, if not sustaining from sex altogether until marriage. If you do have multiple sexual partners, get tested often, the chances of you contracting HIV have now been raised. If you receive blood or sperm from California, or a partner of a California blood or sperm bank, you should get tested as well. It’s unfathomable in 2017 that this should even be a concern to innocent citizens, knowing their state representatives don’t have any regard for the safety or well-being of their own people.
Thank you for reading,