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March 3rd, 2006
08:03 am


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just when you think people might be wising up...
gakked from supergee:

Cop physically bars a gay man's friend from continuing to give him CPR (man dies of heart attack) because he believes a) the man must have had HIV because he was gay, and b) you run a risk of getting HIV through giving CPR (the risk is very low) and c) a person doesn't have the right to decide for themselves whether or not to take that risk. The EMT crew that arrived ten minutes later administered CPR (ignoring the cop, who told them the man was HIV positive, though he wasn't), but it was too late and Claude Green, Jr. died. The ACLU is suing, and I hope this gets *talked* about in the press.

HIV is a lot harder to transmit than we used to think.

Oh, and all people with alternative lifestyles are not riddled with disease. Just in case you were wondering.

[edited after cipherpunk's comments, below]

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Date:March 3rd, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
Geeze, it's like we're still in the early 80's when it was called Gay Related Immuno-Suppressive Virus (GRID). One giant LEAP backwards for societal understanding and common sense.

Sometimes, I really despise the society I live in...
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Date:March 3rd, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC)
I, er... thought they all had the leprosy.

what am I doing with all these extra limbs, then?
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Date:March 3rd, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)
Ever since I heard (ca. 2003) that both sides in the Congolese civil war were hunting and eating Pygmies in order to win the war by magical means, I am no longer surprised by any horror that humans can inflict on each other.

Briefly startled, sometimes, but never surprised.

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Date:March 3rd, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
yeah, that's true. I'll be hitting myself for having edited the term "high" out of my original sentence before posting it. You run a real, but not very likely risk; it is an especially low risk in a situation where the person has not convulsed or fallen.

Good precautions include wearing latex gloves and using a CPR breathing barrier, available from the Red Cross.
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Date:March 3rd, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
I had to reassure a young man who called our clinic he could not catch HIV from sticking his hand in the toilet.
Date:March 3rd, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC)
No argument that this is appalling. I would be wary, though, of drawing any larger conclusion about society about this incident. This is not a significant sample size, so to speak. This was a stupid hick cop from one of the poorest counties in West Virginia. Seizing on this to show how horrible our culture is is a stretch.
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Date:March 7th, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)
So hopefully the victim's family are suing the police for wrongful death.
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