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Is it slander to announce that a person has tested HIV positive where the statement is not true?

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  1. Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. I would call that a "lie!"

    Here is a good definition of the word itself:

    Main Entry: [2]slander
    Function: noun
    Etymology: Middle English sclaundre, slaundre, from Old French esclandre, from Late Latin scandalum stumbling block, offense —more at SCANDAL
    Date: 14th century
    1 : the utterance of false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another's reputation
    2 : a false and defamatory oral statement about a person — compare LIBEL
    - slan·der·ous /-d(&-)r&s/ adjective
    - slan·der·ous·ly adverb
    - slan·der·ous·ness noun


    Sra

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