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Criminal prosecution of a male partner for sexual transmission of infectious diseases: The views of educated people living in Togo [r-libre/1302]

Kpanake, Lonzozou; Patassi, Akouda, & Mullet, Etienne (2013). Criminal prosecution of a male partner for sexual transmission of infectious diseases: The views of educated people living in Togo. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 89, 290–294.

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Abstract: Objectives: The acceptability by people in Togo of criminal prosecution for sexual transmission of infectious diseases was examined. Methods: One hundred and ninety-nine persons in Togo judged acceptability of criminal prosecution for sexual transmission of infectious diseases in 45 scenarios composed of combinations of four factors: (a) the type of illness, (b) the awareness of the serological status (c) the partners’ marital status, and (d) the male partner’s attitude toward his sexual partner following transmission of the virus. Results: Three qualitatively different views were identified. For 50% of the participants, a male partner (with HIV, Hepatitis B, or Gonorrhea) could be sued when he knew his serological status but did not inform his sexual partner or when he refuses to take care of his sexual partner whom he infected. When he did not know his serological status or when the female partner was also informed of this serological status, he should not be sued on condition that he accepts to take care of her. For 26%, when both partners were informed, the male partner should not be sued, irrespective of other circumstances. For 24%, when the male partner accepts to take care of the female partner whom he infected, he should not be sued. Conclusions: Regarding criminal prosecution for sexual transmission of infectious diseases, most people in Togo disagreed with the provisions of the “Model Law for STI/HIV/AIDS for West and Central Africa”. Rather, they endorsed the position of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS.
Official URL: https://sti.bmj.com/content/89/4/290
Depositor: Kpanake, Lonzozou
Owner / Manager: Lonzozou Kpanake
Deposited: 05 Dec 2017 15:53
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2017 15:53

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