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The two essays I read were On Aids and Moral Duty by Willard Gaylin and Discrimination Goes On by Robert H Cohen On Aids and Moral Duty says that HIV positive individuals have a moral responsibility to let others know they are HIV positive to protect innocent people from unknowingly contracting the virus Discrimination Goes On states that the discrimination of people infected with HIV is very real and it would be ignorant to force them to let everyone know of their condition It could even be more detrimental to their health The two essays discuss the seriousness of HIV but differ in they way they present their cases and the sides they take The essays On Aids and Moral Duty and Discrimination Goes On both deal with whether or not HIV-positive individuals should have to make known that they are infected with the virus Gaylin says Everyone who tests positive must understand that he is a potential vector for the AIDS virus and has a moral duty and responsibility to protect others from contamination The moral duty Gaylin is discussing is the duty to inform other about their condition so they can take the necessary precautions from contracting the virus Cohen the author of Discrimination Goes On also discusses the topic but feels that we cannot force HIV-positive to come forward unless there is a federal antidiscrimination law for people with HIV Cohen feels this way because he has personally known people that have been discriminated against for the fact that they are HIV positive The essay On Aids and Moral Duty uses many words and phrases to appeal to your feelings while Discrimination Goes On uses mainly examples While reading On Aids and Moral Duty you run across the phrase moral responsibility many times This phrase is mainly used in context as why AIDS victims should make their condition public It is meant to make AIDS victims feel guilty and sympathetic to
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