Wednesday, July 05, 2006

California Supreme Court: People Who Pass On AIDS Virus May be Sued

NY Times

People infected with the virus that causes AIDS may sue the sexual partner who transmitted the virus to them even if the partner did not do so knowingly, the California Supreme Court ruled yesterday.

Bridget B. and John B., as they are known in court papers, started dating in 1998 and married in July 2000. Bridget said that John told her he was healthy and monogamous and that he urged her to have unprotected sex with him. In October 2000, though, she tested positive for H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS, as did he.


Since rape victims face the risk of AIDS, this ruling may impact many rape victims who don't believe the criminal justice system will work for them.
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posted by Marcella Chester @ 9:47 AM   1 comments links to this post

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At July 06, 2006 12:03 AM, Blogger Holly Desimone said...

Hi Marcella,
That is a important point, this ruling should reflex the best interest of rape victims.
As you mentioned, "Since rape victims face the risk of AIDS, this ruling may impact many rape victims who don't believe the criminal justice system will work for them." That is a fact of the legal system. A number of rape victims do feel that way about the judical system. It is true many rape victims do not find justice in courtrooms around the world.
Very interesting post!

 

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