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Nurse faces firing squad in Cameroon (2)
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(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
mailto:chps_abo@yahoo.com
 
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>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. 
> 
>R.A.Watt
>Senior Lecturer in Laws
>Tutor for Admissions
>Department of Law
>University of Essex, UK
>mailto:watt@essex.ac.uk

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