Swedish court overturns HIV infection sentence

by Ivano Abbadessa - 2013.10.30
Swedish court overturns HIV infection sentence
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A court of appeal in Malmö, southern Sweden, has acquitted a man with HIV from a previous conviction of having unprotected sex with four women, even though he knew he was infected with the virus and he didn't tell his partners. A lower court had previously sentenced the defendant to one year in prison and a fine of SEK 150,000 (€17,000). Under Swedish law, it is an offence to have intercourse without contraception if you are knowingly HIV positive. The defendant appealed against his sentence because, when the offences occurred, he was being treated for the disease and none of the women involved became infected. As his actions would not have exposed his partners to any real danger of infection, the appeal court judges overturned his conviction. The defendant's therapy meant that the risk of infection was very low, despite the lack of protection.

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