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AFRO-NETS> Nurse faces firing squad in Cameroon (2)

  • Subject: AFRO-NETS> Nurse faces firing squad in Cameroon (2)
  • From: A.Odutola.chpss_abo@yahoo.com
  • Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2003 12:50:12 -0400 (EDT)

Nurse faces firing squad in Cameroon (2)

(see original response below)

Notwithstanding that own blood may have been used in this case - and
noting the high prevalence of HIV-positive individuals especially in
Africa, does the nurse's action not bolster the need for debate for
clear legislation making 'weaponization' of HIV-positive blood, no
matter the tool used, a crime? As part of this legislation wouldn't
the declaration that HIV-positive blood is a "controlled substance"
help to send a public health message that society desires to regulate
the "weaponization" of HIV-positive blood?

A. Odutola

>Robert A Watt <watt@essex.ac.ukwrote:
> From reading the story it seems that it may well have been her own
>blood, so that alone would suggest that the answers to the questions
>posed should be 'no'. Furthermore, if the answers were 'yes', what
>would be the effect of substituting 'sharp knife' for 'blood' ...
>would we then think that we needed a bureaucratic mechanism for con-
>trolling 'sharp knives'?
>In my view the woman was certainly not to be blamed for having
>HIV/AIDS but for being plain bad and for using the most convenient
>weapon to hand for killing her victims (both of whom it seems are now
>seroconverts, justifying the word 'killing'). In my view we should
>draw a sharp line between the normal everyday activities of those
>living with HIV/AIDS and those where the person (who just happens to
>have HIV/AIDS and uses it as a weapon) acts with evil intent. Punish
>her for being a murderer just as if she had used a knife or a gun,
>but that is not to justify the imposition of the death penalty -
>which is a distinct issue.
>Senior Lecturer in Laws
>Tutor for Admissions
>Department of Law
>University of Essex, UK

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