In the United States, it is illegal for someone with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) to keep that fact from his or her sexual partners. Planned Parenthood says that law is against the civil rights of people living with HIV.
The International Planned Parenthood Federation published in 2010 a guide for youth infected with HIV titled “Healthy, Happy and Hot.” The pamphlet is being introduced overseas in new areas, recreating controversy by teaching that those with HIV do not have to disclose their infection status to those they could infect. HIV is the virus that leads to Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
“People living with HIV have the right to decide if, when, and how to disclose their HIV status,” the brochure instructs, despite U.S. law to protect the health of potential infectees.
This flies in the face of sound medical advice, according to the world-respected Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic medical experts write that in addition to using condoms, infected persons should “[t]ell your sexual partners if you have HIV. It’s important to tell anyone with whom you’ve had sex that you’re HIV-positive. Your partners need to be tested and to receive medical care if they have the virus. They also need to know their HIV status so that they don’t infect others.”
The Planned Parenthood instructional booklet even goes so far as to advise young people to break the law. “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.”