Should People Who Knowingly Spread Dangergous STDs Be Prosecuted?

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - November 14, 2007) - According to a recent international survey of women conducted by WomanSavers.com, 49 percent of women say they have been infected unknowingly with an STD (sexually transmitted disease) by their partner. Statistics from the American Social Health Association state that one in five people in the United States has an STD. According to the Center for Disease Control, 50% of sexually active men and women will contract an HPV (Human Papillomavirus) infection during their lives. This is particularly dangerous because men can carry and transmit this disease without showing any symptoms or knowledge of their own infection. HPV is growing at epidemic proportions and there is no known cure. What is particularly dangerous to women is the growing number of women who contract cervical cancer from HPV. In 2004, the American Cancer Society estimated that nearly 40% of women who develop cervical cancer caused from HPV will die from this disease. In the UK, the number of people diagnosed with STDs has risen by 63 percent, according to the Health Protection Agency, with an alarming rise in diseases previously thought to be under control. Cases of syphilis show the most dramatic increase, with a rise of 1,607 percent. Gonorrhea is up 46 percent, Herpes is up 31 percent, and cases of genital warts have risen by 22 percent. Even more alarming, new cases of HIV have tripled. The most at risk are young people ages 16 to 19, with 45 percent of Gonorrhea cases being diagnosed among teenagers. Stephany Alexander, online dating and relationship expert and author of "Sex, Lies and the Internet," a new book warning about the dangers of internet dating, noted an alarming correlation between the rising popularity of internet dating and an increase in sexually transmitted diseases. Ms. Alexander stated, "As more and more people use the internet for dating, it becomes more important that they do a background check on their potential new partner, particularly in light of the rise in sexually transmitted diseases." Ms. Alexander continued, "The Internet can also be one of the best ways to do a background check on your potential partner." One controversial website, WomanSavers.com, offers women a unique way to do a free background check by posting personal referrals from women who warn other women about potentially dangerous men. Ms. Alexander went on to say, "Although in many cases men and women may unknowingly spread STDs, I highly recommend that before women get involved with a man, they look his name up on a character referral site such as WomanSavers.com, to see if other women have reported a negative experience with him including transmission of sexual diseases." With the growing debate about sharing personal information on the Internet, how much of this information can be shared legally to protect the victims' rights and personal privacy is a growing controversial topic. Ms. Alexander concluded, "When it comes to infecting a person with a life-threatening disease, not only should people have the right to know if their new partner has an STD, but if they knowingly spread the disease, they should be prosecuted, just as they would for causing harm to another in other ways." About WomanSavers.com WomanSavers.com is in the top 5% most popular women's websites in the world. It is the world's largest database rating men targeting abusive and cheating men rated by women who know them. WomanSavers features the internet's most popular forum for abused women and information, articles and infidelity advice and relationships. CONTACT: Stephany Alexander 602-516-0333 stephanyalexander@yahoo.com