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Old 12-22-2004, 08:08 PM   #46
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What if that 'freedom' means the 'freedom' to spread the disease to countless others, what about their rights? I am not heartless to AIDs patients, I lost a brother in law to it. I'm only saying back when there were a couple hundred people with it, containing the disease could have saved the lives of MILLIONS who have died since! How could that be bad??
Why don't we just go the extra yard and imprison anyone that can potentially harm someone, but otherwise can live a normal life.

Education would have saved lives, yet we hid behind ignorance and hate.
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Old 12-22-2004, 08:18 PM   #47
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What if that 'freedom' means the 'freedom' to spread the disease to countless others, what about their rights? I am not heartless to AIDs patients, I lost a brother in law to it. I'm only saying back when there were a couple hundred people with it, containing the disease could have saved the lives of MILLIONS who have died since! How could that be bad??
You do not imprision someone just because they have a disease. I don't know about you, but I do not advocate taking away someone's right to not be imprisioned, just because they have a disease. And AIDS is not contracted through casual contact, but through the exchange of blood/bodily fluids, so it's not as if one can spread it just walking down the street.

Also, earlier you mentioned the hysteria surrounding the early days of the AIDS crisis...think how easy it would be to "quarantine" undesirable groups because they might pose some unnamed health hazard. I think even considering something of this nature is extremely frightening.
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Old 12-22-2004, 08:24 PM   #48
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HIV is already spread about, you could never isolate everybody because you would have to test every last person who has the virus and then intern everyone that they have contact with. Unlike something like TB it is somewhat dormant. The fact is that locking up people who suffer the disease is wrong and is an abhorent violation of their human rights.
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Why don't we just go the extra yard and imprison anyone that can potentially harm someone, but otherwise can live a normal life.

Education would have saved lives, yet we hid behind ignorance and hate.
That would pretty much be everyone. Yes education is key, I'm at a lost over the lack of humanity in this thread.
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I'm only saying back when there were a couple hundred people with it, containing the disease could have saved the lives of MILLIONS who have died since! How could that be bad??
1) We don't know that there was ever only a few hundred people with the disease at one point, or if the first people with the disease were all on a single continent.

2) Like I said before, a healthy adult may not have symptoms for seven years. Many people get married, have babies, get divorced and move on to other sexual partners in that time frame.

3) How would you propose finding out who had the disease?

I don't understand how quarantining a few hundred cases for an incurable virus that could have beem spread over 2-4 continents and gone undetected for almost a decade would have even been possible...
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Putting people in TB sanatariums was never considered imprisonment. It was considered humane; it was a form of hospitalization. It gave the patients a place to be treated, and it protected the general population from a highly contagious disease. It's a different story with AIDS. For the reasons that people have mentioned, you can't contain a disease like AIDS. It's too sneaky. You could tell someone had TB just by being around them. It was very obvious. You can't tell someone who is HIV-positive by looking at them. So, the situation is different and quarantining wouldn't help the AIDS crisis at all.
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