The piece is a heterosexual couple, Sasha Goodman (left) and Jay Hart, where Goodman is a person living with HIV | Image: Twitter (@thesun)
British tabloid The sun published an online story about a heterosexual couple & risks their lives & # 39; for a baby, since a partner lives with HIV yesterday (February 28).
The online piece had the headline: "Man risked his life with unprotected sex with an HIV-positive partner so that they could have a baby."
This was emphasized with & # 39; Life or death & # 39 ;, despite the overwhelming scientific evidence that suggests otherwise.
The article has since changed to: & # 39; The man refused the HIV virus of his partner in the way of his dream to have a baby. & # 39;
Although it has been tagged instead as & # 39; Breaking taboos & # 39 ;.
Several LGBTI heath professionals spoke out against the piece and called it dangerous & # 39; and & # 39; appalling & # 39 ;.
What is the problem here?
The story is about Sasha Goodman who was diagnosed with HIV at the age of five. Goodman is now taking antiretroviral medication.
She is a full time mother and HIV activist & # 39; and said to the newspaper: "I was stiffened to have a friend because I did not want to infect anyone."
Goodman described how her partner, Jay Hart, helped her to accept & # 39; & # 39; that she lives with HIV.
Studies consistently show a low viral load, the amount of HIV in the blood means that transmitting the virus to a sexual partner is scientifically equivalent to zero.
& # 39; Undetectable = untransmitable & # 39 ;, said an American health organization.
In fact, in one study, two partners had contact 126,000 times with condomless sex between people with mixed HIV status without having registered transmissions.
& # 39; Light risk & # 39;
The piece, written by the Digital Health Editor of the article, does not indicate this clearly. Instead it says that there is a small risk & # 39; is that Heart can get HIV.
Added to how Heart risks its life & # 39; to have a child with Goodman.
In addition, studies suggested that the chance of passing HIV to a baby is 0.1%, which the article refers to as "very small."
For women with an unknown or high viral load, a Caesarean section can reduce the risk of transmission from mother to child.
The piece did outline how the HIV treatment works and the research behind it.
Goodman pronounced in the piece as proof that you can live a normal life with the disease & # 39; and & # 39; the stigma can break through & # 39 ;.
She added: "The best thing I ever did was get support and I am now lucky enough to help other people who suffer in silence while refusing to take their medication."
& # 39; None of my family has HIV. This fascinates some people because they think it is very contagious. & # 39;
But this has not prevented some LGBTI people from expressing their concerns about the message of the article.
& # 39; End the bias & # 39;
Patrick Strudwick LGBT editor of Buzzfeed UK, wrote on Twitter"No, he does not, he does not risk anything.
# When it comes to effective medication, people can not pass on HIV during condom0less sex. Maybe next time you try the facts.
Another Twitter user said: & # 39; Not only this awful, ridiculous journalism, but it is also dangerous.
HIV is a fully controllable disease and if someone is undetectable, they can not pass it on. What a total shame. & # 39;
& # 39; This head reveals (and promotes) the pure ignorance about HIV, & # 39; a user wrote.
& # 39; At least 3 people – reporter, news editor, social media editor – have seen this story and published it.
& # 39; For the record: people with HIV, medicine, live normal, full, long life. End the prejudice. & # 39;
The answer from the sun
A Sun spokesperson said: "The piece reflects – finally – the fact that people living with HIV can live a very normal life and that merciful medical treatments have progressed rapidly in recent years.
"No one who read the copy could think that our intention was anything other than that.
& # 39; Although the headline is a reference to a quote from the interviewee, we have changed the headline to ensure that the function, and not the headline, is the attention of our readers. & # 39;
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