The definition of a “right” just got a lot weirder – and more dangerous.
Planned Parenthood has declared it is a person’s “right” not to tell a sexual partner whether they are HIV-positive if they don’t want to.
International Planned Parenthood Federation, of which Planned Parenthood Federation of America is an official affiliate, has a booklet for HIV-positive youth entitled “Healthy, Happy and Hot.” Among its legally-dubious advice, it states: “Young people living with HIV have the right to decide if, when, and how to disclose their HIV status. … Sharing your HIV status is called disclosure. Your decision about whether to disclose may change with different people and situations. You have the right to decide if, when, and how to disclose your HIV status.”
Planned Parenthood apparently considers it a “violation” of HIV-positive peoples’ “rights” that they can be charged with a crime in 35 states if they do not divulge their status. In fact, International Planned Parenthood is working to change that.
“Healthy, Happy and Hot” explains, “Some countries have laws that say people living with HIV must tell their sexual partner(s) about their status before having sex, even if they use condoms or only engage in sexual activity with a low risk of giving HIV to someone else. These laws violate the rights of people living with HIV by forcing them to disclose or face the possibility of criminal charges.”
According to the booklet, “There are lot’s (sic) of people who don’t mind whether their partner(s) is HIV negative or positive,” that it’s your right to “experience sexual pleasure” and that “you’ve done nothing wrong.”
Presumably the “rights” of sexual partners at risk of unknowingly contracting HIV are trumped by the sexual pleasure the infected party has the “right” to enjoy.
While the pamphlet grudgingly admits the best way to protect yourself is to tell your partner you are infected before having sex, it also gives additional tips on how to protect oneself from criminalization.
Read the history of the attacks on marriage and the family, from the days of Karl Marx and Margaret Sanger to those now pushing for mandatory recognition of same-sex “marriage,” in “Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left has Sabotaged Family and Marriage.”
As of 2013, there are over 1.2 million people who have HIV. It is estimated the 20 percent of those infected are unaware of their condition.
Although only 2 percent of the U.S. population is homosexual or bisexual, this group has the largest percentage of those infected and is the only risk group with an increasing HIV infection rate, with more than 50 percent of all new HIV infections. Homosexual men are 44 to 86 times more likely to be infected with HIV compared to the general male U.S. population.
A study which appeared in the American Journal of Public Health in June of 2003 showed that 13% of HIV-positive adults do not disclose their infection to sexual partners. In the study, 42 percent of homosexual or bisexual men admitted that they had had sex with other men without disclosing their condition, while 19 percent of straight men with HIV and 17 percent of HIV-positive women admitted the same.
Based on the study sample, the researchers estimated in 2003 that nation-wide there were nearly 60,000 self-aware HIV positive men and women having sex with others without disclosing their HIV positive status.
Since 1991, many states have made non-disclosure of HIV positive status a criminal act; and since 2013, at least 35 states have laws that specifically criminalize exposing another person to HIV. In 29 states, it is a felony.
Planned Parenthood is actively involved in changing the laws criminalizing undisclosed HIV status. The section in the booklet ends with the statement, “Get involved in advocacy to change laws that violate your rights.”