first_img Share Sharing is caring! 25 Views   3 comments Tweet LocalNews Legal action against malicious HIV carriers ‘won’t work’ by: – April 23, 2013center_img Dominica recorded 20 new HIV cases in 2012. This is an increase of six cases as 14 cases were reported in 2011Health Educator at the HIV/AIDS Response Unit Nurse Angela Desabaye has said enacting laws to deal with persons who deliberately spread HIV infection would not serve its purpose. There have been suggestions that measures be implemented to penalize these individuals; however, according to Nurse Desabaye the evidence must play a major part in the investigations. “The best measure to protect people would be for each individual to protect themselves so if someone does not consent to have unprotected sex, unless in a case of rape or incest that kind of thing, every adult, every person who makes a decision to have unprotected sex should have information about how to protect themselves,” she explained.Nurse Desabaye noted further that the infected person who is accused of intentionally infecting other people would have to come forward. She also noted that the issue of discrimination would also make it difficult for infected persons to come forward and give evidence. “We would need to have evidence that this person is sleeping around and evidence that this person is HIV positive, because you cannot tell if that person is infected by just looking at them or by just someone else telling you”.Nurse Desabaye has also called on citizens to ensure that they know their HIV status by getting tested. The HIV/Aids Response Unit provides free HIV testing and members of the public are urged to take advantage of this service. Dominica recorded 20 new HIV cases in 2012, this is an increase of six cases as 14 cases were reported in 2011, this brings the overall number of HIV infected persons to 396 since the first HIV case was reported in 1987. From the 20 new cases there were 15 males and five females between the 30-50 age groups. Dominica Vibes News Share Sharelast_img