Remember the “Healthy, Happy, and Hot” controversy earlier this year? Let me refresh your memory: a group of Girl Scouts were attending a United Nations event. The parents were kicked out of the room and, without any parental permission, the girls received a Planned Parenthood booklet called “Healthy, Happy, and Hot.” It’s still on the Planned Parenthood website, if you’re interested. But this is the “best part”:
Young people living with HIV have the right to decide if, when, and how to disclose their HIV status. Sharing your HIV status is called disclosure. Your decision about whether to disclose may change with different people and situations. You have the right to decide if, when, and how to disclose your HIV status.
Safer sex is a shared responsibility. When you share your HIV status, you and your partner(s) can work together to make your sex life safe and pleasurable!
And when you don’t share your HIV status, you can endanger your partner’s health and life! Woohoo! Of course, Planned Parenthood valuing privacy over human lives is nothing new.
Did I mention that negligently infecting someone with HIV can be a crime?
An HIV-positive German pop singer went on trial on Monday accused of failing to tell sexual partners about her condition, causing one of them to become infected.
Nadja Benaissa, 28, former singer in the girl band No Angels, is charged with causing grevious bodily harm and attempted bodily harm, a court spokesman told CNN.
Benaissa had unprotected sex on five occasions between 2000 and 2004 with three people and did not tell them she was infected, Agence France-Presse reported the charge sheet as saying. She had allegedly known her status since 1999.
The reason she didn’t disclose her HIV status, she says, was that “she believed there was little chance of her passing on the virus and did not want it made public because of the harm it might cause her daughter and the band.” If Planned Parenthood has come to Ms Benaissa’s defense, I’m not aware of it.
Perhaps that’s just because she’s expressed too much remorse for Planned Parenthood’s taste. In court, she declared that she is “sorry from the heart.” I have no way to know the sincerity of Ms Benaissa’s apology, but I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt. Planned Parenthood, on the other hand, apparently believes that she was simply exercising her “sexual rights” and has nothing for which to apologize.
Interestingly, although she’s now 28, Ms Benaissa was not much older than a Girl Scout at the time of the alleged offense: just 17 years old (plus nine).