Part One of Four
By CHRIS ROSTENBERG
If someone with the AIDS virus was about to have sex with you, should they have to tell you about their virus first? Planned Parenthood doesn’t think so. If the law said HIV positive people had to disclose their status to their partners before sex, is that a good law? Planned Parenthood thinks that such a law should be overturned. Both these positions are advanced in a Planned Parenthood “educational brochure” directed at young people who are HIV positive called “Healthy, Happy and Hot,” which is available online. I urge readers to view it.
The Healthy, Happy and Hot brochure calls itself, “A guide for young people living with HIV to help them understand their sexual rights, and live healthy, fun, happy and sexually fulfilling lives.” Nothing is said of the health of people who don’t have HIV because that is a group that stands to become sick should the Planned Parenthood advice be taken. “This guide is for … young people living with HIV who are just starting to think about dating and sex … No matter who you are, this guide is for you!”
The brochure is an impressive piece of propaganda promoting the bizarre worldview of the abortion giant Planned Parenthood, which is perhaps the leading organization of the nine-month pro-choice movement (a nine-month pro-choicer supports abortion without qualification). The brochure has cheerful images of young people jumping through the air with glee before a colorful background which clashes dreadfully with its subject matter – young people with AIDS. The images look like a Pepsi ad if the soda company had a bigger advertising budget. The material was handed out at a Girl Scout meeting at the United Nations at which parents were banned.
Planned Parenthood in Healthy, Happy and Hot reads:
You have the right to decide if, when, and how to disclose your HIV status …. You know best if and when it is safe to disclose your [HIV] status [emphasis added]…There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore and be yourself! … It is not always possible to talk about to your partner(s) or to practice safer sex – for example, … [if] you don’t have access to condoms or a safe place to have sex.
The reader is informed that if they are HIV positive, sex is still acceptable:
Young people living with HIV may feel that sex is just not an option, but don’t worry — many young people living with HIV live healthy, fun, happy and sexually fulfilling lives. You can too, if you want to! … There are lot’s [sic] of people who don’t mind whether their partner(s) is HIV negative or positive… Being in a relationship with someone who has HIV is just as fulfilling and satisfying as with anyone else….
The reader is told that HIV positive people are oppressed by laws that say they must disclose. The brochure states:
Some countries have laws that say people living with HIV must tell their sexual partner(s) about their status before having sex, even if they use condoms or only engage in sexual activity with a low risk of giving HIV to someone else … These laws violate the rights of people living with HIV by forcing them to disclose or face the possibility of criminal charges …. Every person living with HIV is entitled to these rights and they are necessary for the development and well being of all people and the societies in which they live.