So yeasterday I had time to kill in between errands on the base and eating lunch with my husband. I bought the stars and stripes newspaper that covers all the world news stories. Now I had been hearing some buzz about an Air Man being tried for assault with HIV. I have read numerous Army Wives forums discussing this matter.
Now you get my thoughts. It has been stewing with in our home and phone conversations for a few day. Why because I hate arrogance and ignorance. These qualities are unbecoming to anyone. The fact that the pure lack of knowledge I have seen coming from some of these woman who are debating whether he should go to jail and whether or not someone with HIV should be allowed the rights to fight for our country. Can you see this opening into a can of worms? I do but at this point I am giving my two cents.
So a briefing for those of you who have no idea what I am talking about. A Air Man in Wichita Kansas was charged with eight counts of aggravated assault,indecent acts, having sex in front of others, and eight counts of adultery. He knowingly had unprotected sex with people and didn’t disclose that he was HIV positive. Therefore playing Russian roulette with others lives. Hello Dude not cool by any stretch of the imagination. Thankfully none of the partners have tested positive. Think about that for the next 8 years in prison and the fact you threw your career and fantastic benefits away.Though I do believe you got off way easy.
Now on to where I get even more angry about this situation in seeing woman argue about if people with HIV should be allowed to serve our country because they could infect the husbands. No seriously this is happening. I am so tempted to copy and paste some of the comments.
I think they should be allowed. As long as the squad and higher ups know. If is in combat then those around them know. So they can take precaution should he be wounded. Gloves should be worn, mask and gown. Same precautions are taken if you are dealing with someone who has mrsa. Which is way easier to contract. Here is a great siteThat tells you about it. Some of these comments were well if my husband contracts it then I would have to protect my children. From what? That site states little risk when living with someone you could contract the disease. My favorite line in that article is that kissing is not a risk factor. So really you would have to protect your children from?
Another question so if people with HIV shouldn’t be allowed to work with the military. Then should people with HIV allowed to be doctors,surgeons, lawyers, construction workers, daycare providers, stunt men, cable guys, telephone pole repair people??? All these jobs require them to work close with people. Would those people then contract the disease?
Really I think in 2011 people would be more aware of the disease and what causes it. You can’t get HIV by knowing someone and shaking their hand. I have a friends whose husband has HIV. I have hugged and kissed him on the cheek. I have bandaged his hand. I met these people when I was a CNA in rehab facility after he had a knee surgery. DIRECT CONTACT with his wounds. I don’t have HIV. His wife doesn’t either.Yes she knows I am posting about her and I have her blessing. so I think some of these military wives need to grow up and find out the facts. Instead of being so paranoid about this.
Would you know if a professional you work with has the disease? I bet you not. How about the person you sat next to in the doctors office? Most likely not. How about the person who sneezed on you in the grocery store line? No. So army wive ladies do you think you are a little over paranoid or did I just add to your paranoia?