In 2012, a German pop singer Nadja Benaissa was in court in Germany for the charge of grievous bodily harm. She was accused of having unprotected sex with her partners whilst knowing she was HIV positive. Do you think this makes her a criminal?
Now read these articles before discussing the questions that follow: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/aug/16/hiv-singer-unprotected-sex-nadja http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/hivpositive-pop-singer-admits-having-unprotected-sex
The laws in the UK are different to those in Germany. In England and Wales HIV has been criminalised under the Offences Against the Persons Act (OAPA) from 1861 and in Scotland as a common law offence under 'culpable and reckless conduct'.
Now look at the following statements. Which do you think true and false?
The short film Verdict on a Virus goes into more detail about some of these issues from a UK perspective. Some extracts are included in the first clip below.
As you watch these two clips, try to make a note of the main points you agree and disagree with.