The world’s first HIV-positive sperm bank, called Sperm Positive, has been opened in New Zealand to “remove the stigma” surrounding people suffering from the often-terminal sexually transmitted disease.
The program has started with three donors who supposedly have an “undetectable viral load,” which means that standard tests cannot find the virus in the infected individual’s blood stream. It is alleged that the virus cannot be spread through child birth from these individuals, and the sperm bank plans to put this theory to the test.
Damien Rule-Neal, a man who has been been HIV-positive since 1999, has donated sperm to the project. He believes that the project will convince people to engage in relations with those afflicted with HIV.
“I have many friends who are also living with HIV who’ve gone on to have children,” Rule-Neal said.
“Being able to help others on their journey is so rewarding, but I also want to show the world that life doesn’t stop post-diagnosis and help to remove the stigma,” he added.
The New Zealand Aids Foundation is spearheading this project, which is affiliated with Positive Women Inc. and Body Positive. Dr. Mark Thomas, an associate professor at Auckland University, is firmly behind this HIV-positive sperm bank as well.
“I’m glad to say that in this time there have been great changes in public understanding of HIV, but many people living with HIV still suffer from stigma,” said Thomas, who is also a doctor specializing in infectious diseases.
“Stigma can lead to inconsistent taking of medicines, and result in much less effective treatment of HIV, and risk of transmitting HIV. Fear of stigma and discrimination can stop people at risk from getting tested, and those living with HIV from accessing treatment and support,” he added.
This movement to make it easier for HIV-infected people to spread their bodily fluids to healthy individuals is not limited to New Zealand. So-called experts in the U.S. want criminal penalties to be lessened or removed for HIV-positive individuals who fail to tell their partners about their illness:
In many Midwest states it’s illegal for someone with HIV to have sex without telling partners about the illness. Some public health experts are pushing to change those laws.
Graig Cote has had HIV for 33 years, and he wants everyone to know it.
“I disclose to everybody,” he says. “I have my copper HIV ribbon on my neck. I wear my ‘silence equals death’ t-shirt. I’m a walking billboard.”
Cote does this very intentionally, because in Ohio he could get up to eight years in prison for failing to disclose his HIV status to a sexual partner – a crime categorized as felonious assault.
That law was added to the books in 1999 on the advice of law enforcement. More than 30 states have HIV criminalization laws; some require disclosure when sharing needles. And Ohio is one of the top enforcers, with 35 people charged over the last decade.
Public health experts are now pushing to end HIV criminalization, arguing that the threat of prison actually endangers public health.
“A lot has happened since 1999, and lawmakers don’t necessarily know that,” says Daphne Kackloudis, the chief public policy officer at Equitas Health.
Kackloudis is part of the Ohio Health Modernization Movement, a group working to change the law…
This past June, the American Medical Association called for the total repeal of HIV criminalization.
Kackloudis says her group isn’t going that far – it wants to reduce the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Social justice insanity has created a public health nightmare as blind tolerance snuffs out what’s left of common sense throughout Western Civilization.
Italian Populist Youth Group Praises Trump for His Peace Efforts
The Lega Nord is one of Europe’s strongest populist parties.
The Lega Giovani, the youth branch of Salvini’s Lega party, announced its support in nominating President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Due to Trump’s efforts in brokering peace deals between Gulf Arab states and Israel, one Norwegian lawmaker Christian Tybring-Gjedde nominated the president for the Nobel Peace prize.
In a statement, Luca Toccalini, a member of the Italian Parliament and Chairman of Lega Giovani, declared that the “globalist left is losing its mind, scared by the outcome of the upcoming American elections, and this latest news decisively increased their worries.”
Toccalini added that Lega Giovani “strongly” supports the “nomination of President Donald Trump, a just reward for the continued dedication of his administration for lasting peace with a bilateral and multi polar approach.”
The populist Italian member of Parliament noted how Trump’s Middle East agenda has contrasted with Obama’s:
After a decade of turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, sponsored by a globalist agenda and President Obama’s dreams of revolution, the last 4 years have seen great improvement for the stability in our neighbourhood which has also helped Europe.
Wishing four more years of peace and greatness, as Lega Giavani we strongly support Donald J. Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Matteo Salvini and Lega have led the way in putting populism on the map throughout Europe. Salvini broke the mold by implementing pro-gun reforms in 2018 and 2019. What seems like a concept that is only confined to the U.S., now the right to bear arms is starting to enter the conversation in Europe. Political organizations like Lega have undoubtedly changed political discourse in Italian politics and Europe, for that matter.
Youth organizations such as Lega Giovani will play a substantial role in spreading Lega’s message and educating younger generations of Italians and preparing them to be the new populist vanguard of an ever-changing European polity.
The message can be read here.
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