Murder by Transmitting AIDS Persuasive Essay

Murder by Transmitting AIDS
Looks at the first time in Canada a man was charged with first degree murder for knowingly transmitting the AIDS virus to a woman who later died of the disease.
# 128360 | 2,020 words | 7 sources | APA | 2009 | US

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This paper first relates that, years after his diagnosis, Johnson Aziga had unprotected sex with at least 13 women during which he not only failed to disclosed he was HIV positive but also, in at least one case, reassured the woman that he had received negative results on his test. Next, the author underscores that Canadian courts ruled that an individual cannot truly consent to sex if his/her partner, who is HIV-positive does not disclose this information; therefore, the death of the two women, with whom Aziga had sex, was regarded as murder as opposed to manslaughter. The paper defends the court's proceedings and verdict of murder despite the opposition of HIV activists.

From the Paper:

"The case involving Johnson Aziga was absolutely the right thing to do. This situation goes far beyond passing along the virus unwittingly. He was in full knowledge of all the facts, his HIV status, the risks, how to proceed with caution, what to do, what not to do, and most important he had an indisputable responsibility to disclose the condition to sexual partners. Yet he blatantly ignored everything, and will absolute knowledge and willful actions, did not tell his partners, nor did he use protection. He even lied when asked about being tested. Seven of his partners became infected and two eventually died"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brown, B. (2008). Aziga trial hears of new suspect. Retrieved on July 3, 2009, from
  • Brown, B. (2008). Chemo, not HIV, killed Aziga's partner: Pathologist. Retrieved on July 2, 2009, from
  • CBC News. (2008). Accused knew of status, HIV murder trial told. Retrieved on July 2, 2009, from
  • Dimanno, R. (2008). Lover's HIV trail laid out. Retrieved on July 2, 2009, from
  • Johnson Aziga. (2009, May 31). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved May 31, 2009, from

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