Should a person who knowingly infects someone with aids be treated like a murder

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  1. nightwork4 profile image60
    nightwork4posted 11 years ago

    Should a person who knowingly infects someone with aids be treated like a murderer?

    even though people no they should practice safe sex, if a person knowingly has sex with someone without telling them they have aids ,should they be treated just like a person who kills with a gun or a knife?

  2. Writer David profile image60
    Writer Davidposted 11 years ago

    This story does not directly answer your question.  But, several years ago, a prisoner at the Atmore Correctional Facility in Alabama was taken to a state hospital for treatment of aids.  After he gave blood, they put a bandage on the area where blood was taken.  He bled quite a bit and the bandage was covered with his blood.  The handcuffed prisoner managed to take the bandage off and shove it in the mouth of a correctional officer.  The prisoner was charged with attempted murder (2nd degree I think).  I don't recall the outcome of the trial or if there was a trial.  So, I would say yes, a person with aids who knowingly infects another should be charged.

  3. WindMaestro profile image60
    WindMaestroposted 11 years ago

    I do not know if they would be treated as a murderer, but they most certainly can have legal action taken against them. And, if the lawyers of the plaintiff are good enough, the can get a satisfactory prison sentence I do believe.

  4. jtyler profile image59
    jtylerposted 11 years ago

    The person should be suable in court for a charge that's almost as severe as murder, but not quite.  It almost is killing, but not quite.  It should be punishable, however.

  5. Jeannieinabottle profile image91
    Jeannieinabottleposted 11 years ago

    Yes, I believe they should at least be considered an attempted murderer.  If the person contracts AIDS, then the punishment should be worse.

  6. ii3rittles profile image82
    ii3rittlesposted 11 years ago

    I believe they are. If I'm not mistaken, they get thrown in jail for it. By law, if you have aids or any kind of STD and you don't tell the person you sleep with you have it, they can take you to court. Not quite sure if they get treated as a murderer though. If people weren't so openly having sex with tons of people, we wouldn't have to worry about this kinda stuff!

  7. Wayne Brown profile image83
    Wayne Brownposted 11 years ago

    A person who is knowingly infected with Aids or HIV should be responsible for their actions.  Even those who hold black belts in Karate must warn anyone who becomes aggressive with them.  If we had a terrorist who knowingly released a deadly virus on our nation, we would certainly hold that person guilt of some significant crime.  Whether or not the crime reaches the level of murder becomes a function of whether or not anyone dies.  There is also the consideration of premeditation in that if you know that you are infected then you must make a conscious decision to infect someone else...i.e. no protection.  WB

  8. KK Trainor profile image60
    KK Trainorposted 11 years ago

    I would think it would be more like assault with a deadly 'weapon'; the person won't necessarily contract HIV, and not everyone who does dies, so it may not end in a death.

  9. Doc Snow profile image90
    Doc Snowposted 11 years ago

    Not if AIDS doesn't kill them.  It's outcome that separates assault from murder under law; and it's worth remembering that AIDS is no longer tantamount to a death sentence.

  10. DRG Da Real Grinc profile image33
    DRG Da Real Grincposted 11 years ago

    I'm going to have say to some degree...... 2nd or 3rd degree murder.

  11. nightwork4 profile image60
    nightwork4posted 11 years ago

    personally i believe if the person is convicted and someone they had sex with dies, first degree murder is what the charge should be.

  12. Gabriel Wilson profile image91
    Gabriel Wilsonposted 11 years ago

    A person knowing they have aids and yet has sex with another person without telling them; in my opinion that person is a deadly if not terminal weapon. The intent is there; that in my opinion is enough... to put anyone in danger of their life, knowingly is completely wrong; my answer is yes!

  13. LeeWalls profile image60
    LeeWallsposted 11 years ago

    Yes because they knew what they were doing and didn't care about someone else.

  14. kelbethc profile image60
    kelbethcposted 11 years ago

    Reading all the answers given - I have one question to ask, does the idiot who has sex with the person with HIV not have any responsibility?   

    Everyone out there having sex today has a responsibility to protect themselves AS IF the person they are sleeping with IS infected with something.

    That being said, no, perhaps assault....and many states already do have laws in effect for this.

    My personal belief is that people who know they have an STD have a responsibility to tell their partner, however the partner has a responsibility to themselves, as well.

  15. Horse Feathers profile image61
    Horse Feathersposted 11 years ago

    Any time someone puts a life in jeopardy it should be construed as malicious and and should be construed as public endangerment. It's no different than driving a car, If you are irresponsible you should be held responsible and acountable.

  16. krisingreen profile image61
    krisingreenposted 11 years ago

    Having any kind of STD should be handled with responsibility. It does make sense though to feel victimized by someone who has HIV without even bothering to tell you they do have it and have sex with you anyway. But I think it's also kind of difficult to tell someone without being rejected.
    Anyway, it's still unfair to treat them as "murderers" because a lot of people today live with AIDS and they're doing just fine. I think it's a matter of accepting it (or not) and dealing with it optimistically especially if you're the one who contracted the virus through someone who didn't even tell you. And if you feel apprehensive about it, i guess there are laws for that, although of course, it wouldn't reverse the fact that you already have the virus.

  17. CZCZCZ profile image90
    CZCZCZposted 11 years ago

    Yes absolutely.  Its a travesty when these types of actions occur and there should be very severe penalties for these types of people that have very deadly diseases and continue to take actions that put others in danger of catching the disease.

  18. profile image0
    4youreyesposted 11 years ago

    Nushawn Willams of Jamestown NY. was sentenced to rape and 2 counts of reckless endangerment for knowingly infecting 2 girls with the HIV virus. He is now in civil confinement and fighting to get out, they will not let him out. He is still danger of spreading HIV. … p;catid=37

  19. Moms-Secret profile image81
    Moms-Secretposted 11 years ago

    In cases where a crime has been committed involving HIV, then I would say absolutely.  If someone is raping people, intentionally spreading their disease than I would say that they are a threat to the public and should suffer harsh penalty.

    If there is sex between two consenting adults, then the person that does not have HIV is not taking the necessary steps to protect themselves.  Murder is too harsh for this scenario, although failure to inform should have some legal consequences up to and including jail time.  If someone went around spreading a disease using a sringe or powder substance, they would be labeled a dangerous terrorist.  This is not much different in my eyes.

  20. sam3m profile image60
    sam3mposted 11 years ago

    the person should be charged with assault since the act itself does not necessarily result in death, given the recent treatments developed for aids.

  21. SpiffyD profile image79
    SpiffyDposted 11 years ago

    I agree that it would not be actual murder, and perhaps it might be attempted murder. However, proving this would be extremely problematic, since intentionality is a critical part of this. Someone could recklessly infect another as well. I think there should be some punitive measure for criminal transmission of HIV/AIDS, but it'd stop well short of murder.

  22. Sunny2o0o profile image60
    Sunny2o0oposted 11 years ago

    A person who knowingly infects someone else is, and should be, criminally charged.  Attempted murder and assault are more descriptive of the potential act than a murder charge.

  23. cooldad profile image60
    cooldadposted 11 years ago

    If someone knowingly did that, they should definitely be persecuted in some way.  I think they should be treated as an attempted murderer.  But I'm guessing proving that could be very difficult.  I'm not sure that any doctor would release that type of patient information.

  24. geiser093 profile image61
    geiser093posted 11 years ago

    I just erased my knee jerk reaction answer.

    First and foremost we all have a rsponsibility to protect ourselves. Having unprotected sex is not very responsible. Add to that having casual sex with a stranger or person you don't know well is a recipe for disaster.

    The HIV positive individual should be charged with something, assult with a deadly weapon or attempted mureder?

    However, I am wishy washy and sex requires no full disclosure so the responsibility falls back on each of us to protect ourselves.

  25. ajuvr profile image61
    ajuvrposted 11 years ago

    aids murders the murderers..................................................!

  26. profile image0
    nikashi_designsposted 11 years ago

    Yes, without a doubt they should be brought to justice.

  27. EnjoyYourLife profile image60
    EnjoyYourLifeposted 11 years ago

    There is absolutely a moral obligation to disclose such information ahead of time. I think that in some states it is considered illegal to purposely hide such facts, and possibly infect a partner. BUT the problem isn't as "simple" as this for many reasons such as: people who have multiple partners, the idea of how to prove the intention of the infected person. Again, not simple. This is why it is so important to be armed with as much information as possible beforehand, and rule out any possible consequences of certain situations.

  28. profile image0
    jasper420posted 11 years ago

    I think they should be punished if they knew and I think its its actully a criminal offense

  29. krazikat profile image60
    krazikatposted 11 years ago

    If someone knows they are infected with AIDS and, even with protection, sleeps with anyone without telling them their status then yes, they should be charged with attempted murder at least, if not full on murder. AIDS doesn't have a cure, and changes the life of infected people. I agree that people shouldn't sleep around anyways, and should always use protection...but protection doesn't always protect...and people keep sleeping around.

  30. Xenonlit profile image60
    Xenonlitposted 11 years ago

    They should lose their freedom for a certain period of time under attempted murder or great bodily harm charges.

    Nothing is more heartbreaking than for an innocent third or fourth party to get infected because of a reckless person who has an incurable and deadly disease!

  31. onegoodwoman profile image68
    onegoodwomanposted 11 years ago

    AS very much, as I would like to take the easy way out and  say YES,,,,,,,,,,,

    let us, as a society and a humanity REALLY think about this.   

    Really, let us think..........

    If John has a deadly disease..............and Sue is a passionate and willing it John's responsiblity?

    Is it?

    In a    world of date rape drugs, you can not use her past encounters  or experiences against her, ( NOT saying that this is wrong)

    The responsible sexual world has become a complex legal battlefield.

    From a medical outlook......there IS hope................aids is no longer an automatic death sentenace.......the prospects are encouraging

    We are not talking "ethics" in this question,  we are talking " legalities"........

    Doesn't the willing partner share some risk?

    What IF the person did not know they had aids, herpes, or another sexual transtmitted disease..................

    Is it the FAULT or the persuor, or the fault of the succummed.?

    WHY must  it be the FAULT of anyone? 

    Why can't it be a matter of the cards dealt?            Play the or lose.

    TODAY............there is no one under the 3rd grade of elementary school who is not aware of
    aids, VD,  gay people...........

    There is NO excuse, today , in our internet, open disussion world, for not being aware.......

    I can walk into any public women's restroom and buy a choice and varitey of condoms...........and leave there in search of a tampon!

    OUR society is SEX and INTERCOURSE  orientend, not menustraition, not   constipated, not miscarriage ( but abortion) really want to be a progressive and enlightened society.................STOP blaming other people.

    If your pro-choice, sexual lives would be  a f antastic place to show your dedication, your committment,  your responsiblity,come and speak now, this is your invitation,

    I have NEVER been one to blame my pain on others................It is a cheaters way.

    Come on, speak as you will..............there will be no voices from my past.

  32. profile image0
    ThomasRydderposted 11 years ago

    Assuming the person dies, absolutely. There's no guarantee they WILL die, since there are now treatments for HIV that can stave off death. However, charges of assault in some form would be perfectly proper, with conditions for an upgrade in the charge, if that person should ever pass.

  33. Alison Dukes profile image61
    Alison Dukesposted 11 years ago

    If they KNOWINGLY infect someone with HIV/AIDS, I believe they are and should be considered to have assaulted or attempted murder via biological means, or illness.  I may be wrong and each state probably has its own statute concerning the issue, but any way you look at it, the infected person has attempted to ruin a life without having the right to do so.  Yes, they should be convicted of a crime, and yes, they should be thrown in jail for it.

  34. mattforte profile image92
    mattforteposted 11 years ago

    This is simple.

    If a person knowingly infects another person with Anthrax - should *they* be treated like a murderer? Clearly they would.

    AIDS is no different. If you are intentionally infecting people, then you are using it as a weapon. Not only are you infecting them, but if they don't find out soon enough - they could infect more people...and the cycle continues.
    You could call this a form of biological terrorism.

    The AIDS virus needs to be eradicated. Aside from coming up with a 100% effective vaccine, the only way to do so is to eliminate the spread. Knowingly spreading it is counterproductive to these efforts.

    So...should a person who knowingly infects someone with AIDS be treated like a person who shoots another person in the head? No. They should be treated worse.

  35. Alecia Murphy profile image74
    Alecia Murphyposted 11 years ago

    Sex is as much as a responsibility as it is an enjoyable pleasure so before being intimate with anyone, you have to really know yourself as well as the other person. That being said, if you betray someone's honesty and trust enough to violate them and take away an important and viable part of their life, it is just as bad if not worse than holding a gun to their head. I say worse because it least those who kill with a gun or knife are at least humane enough (in some sick way) to let the person not suffer as long. AIDS is a slow, haunting death that I don't wish on anyone.

  36. rosika profile image81
    rosikaposted 11 years ago

    I would say yes, it is a way of killing someone slowly and more painfully!

  37. zoey24 profile image74
    zoey24posted 11 years ago

    They could only be treated as a murderer if the other person died through contracting Aids. For a death to be considered murder, there normally needs to be an element of intent. For this argument to be successful, the killer generally needs to demonstrate that the death could not have been anticipated or was unavoidable, if someone sleeps with another while knowingly having Aids then they took no precautions and it could have certainly been unavoidable. While i agree that people should practice safe sex anyway, it is still wrong for someone to sleep with a partner knowing they already have the virus and deliberately keeping it from them for their own gain.

  38. whatarethenews profile image59
    whatarethenewsposted 11 years ago

    Yes ofcourse, HE/SHE must be careful and give some honesty to his/her soul, not to anyone else. To respect the humanity is the first lesson we learn from our elders and if we will take care of others definitely our LORD will take much more care of us. As someone has said these beautiful words;

    Do good and have good.

    and my answer is yes he/she is a murderer.

  39. 6hotfingers3 profile image60
    6hotfingers3posted 11 years ago

    I think such a person should be treated like a criminal. If the person that was infected dies then the AIDS?HIV person should also die according to civil law. At the same time, I believe no one who is sexually active should leave the safety of their lives in the hands of anyone - no matter how much you trust that person. There are ways to be intimate with a person with aids but the risk is on the un-infected person to proceed with their decision to have sex with a person known to have AIDS.

  40. ithabise profile image76
    ithabiseposted 11 years ago

    I think there should be some strong repercussions for it that does include criminal charges. There is no reason something like this cannot go to court. A person who kills with a gun or knife is slightly different...and maybe it's more callous and malicious with bodily fluids. But the answer is this is definitely a felony.

  41. emsherman profile image59
    emshermanposted 11 years ago

    I work with patients who have been diagnosed with different infectious illnesses for a living. AIDS is not the only chronic illness that can spread sexually. Someone could knowingly have Syphillis, HTLV I/II or chronic Hepatitis C, to name a few, and those could be passed would there be laws against those too?

    For people living in the United States, contracting HIV is not the death sentence like it was in the 80s. Biotech companies like mine have worked hard to make pharmaceutical treatments that can prolong a relatively normal and happy life for decades. HIV is considered to be a chronic condition, just like chronic Hep C or HTLV.

    I'm not saying that a person should get away scott-free for purposefully passing HIV along to someone, but your question asks if that person should be treated the same as a murderer who kills someone with a gun or a knife. Sexual intercourse is a two-party activity. There's someone else providing consent (if there's no consent, then that's obviously already a crime). If you shoot someone in the head, it's not like your victim even had a choice or a chance to save himself. So is it really right to "treat someone who infects another with AIDS the same as a murderer" - No it is not.

  42. disujaalbart profile image58
    disujaalbartposted 11 years ago

    If any person infected with AIDS and that person know this should be responsible for their actions... So, i would say yes that person should be charged..

  43. profile image0
    icountthetimesposted 11 years ago

    I'm not sure about 'murderer' but I do think they should go to prison if they knowingly and intentionally infect someone.

  44. profile image50
    tatedansposted 11 years ago

    maybe attempted murder, but after all it's better to be safe than sorry.

  45. amirbhunia profile image55
    amirbhuniaposted 11 years ago

    Yes. If a person suffering from AIDS intentionally tries to infect others, he or she should surely be treated like a murderer......

  46. Mark Pitts profile image66
    Mark Pittsposted 11 years ago

    Assault with intent to harm. That a person would purposly do such harm, either out of malice or out of selfish desire, should not go unpunished.

  47. danielleantosz profile image78
    danielleantoszposted 11 years ago

    They should not be charged with murder.  You cannot infect some one with aids, you can only expose them to HIV.  Not everyone exposed to the virus gets HIV or AIDs.  Should there be some sort of charge? Yes.  But proving they knew and had unprotected sex knowingly would be very difficult.

  48. cheatlierepeat profile image82
    cheatlierepeatposted 11 years ago

    If they knowingly do so they should be held legally accountable. I'm not sure what the punishment should be but I do believe it should be harsh.

  49. stariswhoiam profile image61
    stariswhoiamposted 11 years ago

    yes, cuz they know they could end up causing another person to die.


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