Assistant Crown attorney Karen Shea argued...that medical isolation was necessary because unlike "shanks" or other knife-like weapons an inmate might fashion to defend himself, "Mr. Aziga has a lethal weapon in his arsenal that can never be taken away, and that's his HIV, which has potentially fatal consequences."Although there have been several case reports of HIV transmission via a bite, these are reassuringly extremely rare and would require fresh blood in the saliva of the HIV-positive person as well as an extremely high viral load – usually seen during primary infection or extremely advanced HIV disease.
The criminal justice system is completely over-reacting to the threat of HIV-positive individuals spitting and biting, and, in my opinion this is "so excessive as to outrage standards of decency."
I'm certainly outraged!
Full story from The Hamilton Spectator, below.
July 25, 2008