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Court orders HIV-infected man into isolation

TT/Clara Guibourg · 25 Jul 2011, 11:13

Published: 25 Jul 2011 11:13 GMT+02:00

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The Administrative Court has now ruled that the man must enter forced isolation, according to a report in the local Sydsvenskan daily.

The man has been previously brought to the attention of the Skåne region's Centre for Communicable Disease Control (Smittskydd Skåne), for neglecting his regular contact with the hospital, and for having had unprotected sex with his girlfriend for two and half year without informing her about his infection.

When this was discovered in December 2010, the girlfriend was informed and reported her boyfriend to the police, leading his case to land on prosecutor Jeanette Sprimont's table.

"I started by contacting the Centre for Communicable Disease Control before proceeding with the case. I needed to get some information: Who is this person? When and how was he infected? What does he know about his disease, and what does he know about his obligations?" she said to Sydsvenskan.

Concerns that more women may have been put at risk through unprotected sex with this man are now being investigated, and these concerns also form the reason behind the man's forced isolation.

He will spend up to three months in isolation, according to the Administrative Court's ruling, which states that the man has not done anything to minimise the risk of the infection spreading, despite knowing his obligations.

"As soon as we get him placed in this isolation, we can talk to him about what we know," Sprimont said.

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The man opposes the court's ruling, denying that he has had unprotected sex, or that he is planning to have it in future.

However, he remains currently accused of attempted aggrieved assault, between July 2008 and December 2010.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:13 July 25, 2011 by canuk
deportation to where his HIV infected buddies all live?
15:08 July 25, 2011 by jackx123
just dumb swedish girls fall for this
16:21 July 25, 2011 by zooeden
Jail, he could seriously harm families and society in a large scope. People who do not cooperate with this kind of information should be sent to the guillotine!!!

Seeking help, following a programm and being honest about the facts could save his life but if you opt to ignore this points you should have all the case against you and the hard arm of justice before you!!!!
17:16 July 25, 2011 by bolababu
@Canuk; unfortunately for you and him too, he turns out to be Swedish. You should check yourself too.
21:02 July 25, 2011 by axiom

yeh, makes perfect sense. All ills against a society are done by outsiders and we practice guilt by association.

by that reasoning, the majority of crimes post an interesting paradox and most people are at least criminal suspects.

there is no room for this flawed logic amongst an intelligent, evolved species.
06:45 July 26, 2011 by Da Goat
until they have a cure for aids (that does not involve dying) they should tattoo a big red AIDS + on the willy so that sex partners can clearly see! or simply use a guillotine to remove the temptation!
10:13 July 26, 2011 by Grokh
if he knew, and did it without telling, then it should be seen as attempt murder. because its what it is, if he gives it to someone else it will kill...
11:55 July 26, 2011 by canuk
i agree with grokh, and for attempted murder in sweden you get 3 month community service.
17:56 July 31, 2011 by Migga
@bolababu; The man is not Swedish. If you don`t know what you are talking about you shouldn`t say anything at all. The man was adopted from Africa to Sweden and was carrying the virus since birth.

@jackx123 The victims are not all ethnic swedish girls. Far from it.

Interesting that they`ve gone to such lengths in this case. Only four people have been isolated like this since 2003.
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