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Australian HIV-positive man jailed for attempting to infect partners

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  1. Great move! So now he can start infecting his fellow inmates! Jail is to good for vermin like this – the lowest of the low. Maybe a desert island in the middle of nowhere should be designated for such psychopaths; put them all together and let them prey on each other!

  2. I totally disagree with this approach
    First of all i am believe in personal responsability
    if someone is so stupid to engage in unsafe sex they only have themselves to blame. To prosecute hiv positive people sets a dangerous precedent as people will stop getting tested all together

  3. Simon Murphy 17 Jan 2009, 2:44pm

    I agree that people have a responsibility to protect themselves. But HIV+ people equally have a responsibility to protect their partners. This man lied to his partners about his status. He bears responsibility for his actions.

  4. The man actually said, he was trying to infect people. He deserves his sentence and then some. Blaming the victim is so wrong, you wouldn’t blame the women for getting raped, don’t do it to gay men.

    Irresponsibility is not an issue here, the man was trying to infect people. He might have been putting holes in condoms he was using, we don’t have all the facts, but we do know he was trying to infect people!

  5. steve brooker 18 Jan 2009, 1:39am


    I’m looking for people willing to take part in research interviews, specifically gay men who identify as being ‘bug-chasers’. ‘Bug-Chasing’ is a term used in the media for gay men who ‘deliberately’ take sexual risks in order to become infected with HIV although some people don’t feel that this is the right way to describe this behaviour.

    If you identify as being someone who has fantasized about contracting HIV, or know anyone who does (or did), then you can either email me at or telephone on (+61) (2) 93315114 .

    It’s all confidential, and anonymous if thats your wish.

    The research is through La Trobe University in Melbourne at The Australia Research Centre for Sex, Health and Society and also has ethics approval from the AIDS Council of New South Wales (ACON)

    thanks and any questions at all, i’d be happy to chat!

    steve brooker

  6. Glad to see that you corrected the grossly inaccurate original heading of this article. The kind of error that you made was akin to the daily mail school of moral panic than what one would expect on any gay news site…

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