pixiecrinkle: (discussion)
Y'know, I have long had issues with the way our society/laws deal with the question of prostitution. I'm not totally convinced it should be criminal, and we certainly prosecute prostitutes and johns in very different ways, which I don't see as fair.

But the fact that local news stations are running a photo and divulging the name of a woman who has been previously arrested for prositution, and disclosing her positive HIV status because she's a "danger to the community"? WTF? How is that legal?

EDIT: I just emailed all four TV stations in Columbus (because they all have it on their website, or I saw it on their station last night) to express my displeasure at this. Grrrr...

EDIT again: Research:

http://www.nursinglaw.com/hivtest.htm
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=11363558&dopt=Abstract
http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2003/09/29/loc_wwwloc2aids.html

On a quick perusal of these, it seems it's only illegal for a healthcare professional to disclose your status. Law enforcement and media seem to be able to do whatever. That last article is particularly pertinent to this situation. I still don't like it.

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