This week in sex, as Roland Hulme told us, we had two interesting disease-related developments.
The first awesome announcement was that the patent on Combivir, an anti-viral medication that is believed to reduce the risk of infecting sexual partners with HIV/AIDS, has expired. This means drug companies can now begin producing a generic form of the drug, which will greatly reduce the cost and increase the number of HIV+ people who will have access to the drug.
On the heels of this comes an arrest made because a patient refused to take medication that would prevent his Tuberculosis infection becoming contagious. This is the 32nd arrest of its kind in the county.
Some of you remember the fella who intentionally had sex with a number of women without disclosing his HIV+ status. He was eventually convicted of 14 felony accounts of assault, though we're sure that's little comfort to the women he infected.
And all this raises the question: Should the government hold people who have communicable (whether by sex, fluids or more common methods like coughing) diseases responsible for the health of those around them? What about if the disease is curable?