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Unformatted text preview: 1052 David A. Rier © 2007 The Author Journal compilation © 2007 Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness/Blackwell Publishing Ltd In the heat of sex, I was asked if I was ‘clean.’ I said yes (lie). . . . Now I still see the guy, how do I back peddle? Amongst the 10 responses, six advocated disclosure. As one wrote, honesty is the best policy. If more people were honest there would be less infections. Another poster, though, recounted his experience of disclosing to two partners after engag- ing in unprotected, low-risk sex: they subsequently pressed felony charges against him. Two posters questioned the semantic implications of the term ‘clean’. Yet another harshly attacked the original poster: Oops??? Ooops, I accidently said I didn’t have a fatal illness when you asked me?! There is no excuse for being dishonest about that. You may have cost someone their life. Anyone who defends that kind of action is basically saying it’s okay to spread AIDS. I hope for that poor guy he didn’t get it, and in the future think of others suffering before...
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This note was uploaded on 10/10/2010 for the course ENG 000121 taught by Professor Mcgrand during the Spring '10 term at Cornell.

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