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HIV-infected man jailed for unprotected sex

A 20-year-old man from Malmö, southern Sweden, was sentenced to eight months in prison for not telling eight women that he was infected with HIV before having sex with them.

The man, who denies committing any crimes, was convicted by the Malmö District Court of reckless endangerment (framkallande av fara för annan).

The 20-year-old 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 years without informing her about his condition.

She reported him to the police in December, 2010. Ensuing media reports about the incident resulted in seven other women coming forward too, affirming their own sexual relations with the man.

In an interview with Sweden’s TV4, the man’s ex-girlfriend claimed to have been told, “No, I don’t have HIV. You don’t need to worry, they’re just rumours.”

The man has been infected with HIV since birth and had been wanted by police since July 2011 when a court ruled he should be placed in isolation.

The man turned himself in to police upon learning that TV3 planned to publish his photograph in October 2011 on the channel’s “Efterlyst” (‘Wanted’) programme.

The convicted man will be forced to pay a total of 220,000 kronor ($32,620) to the eight women, none of whom was infected with the disease.

The alleged crimes were committed in Malmo, Tomelilla, Eslöv and Bunkeflostrand between the autumn of 2008 and the summer of 2011. Most of the victims were in their late teens at the time.

The court says the sentence is light due to the man’s young age at the time of the crimes.

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Swedish man convicted of spreading HIV

A Swedish man has been ordered to pay more than half a million kronor ($90,000) in damages to a man whom he infected with HIV.

Swedish man convicted of spreading HIV

The 27-year-old from Lund in southern Sweden has been found guilty of spreading the immuno-deficiency virus to a sexual partner. The prosecutor initially charged him with one account of aggravated assault, but the court instead found him guilty of the lesser charge of damaging another person’s health (grovt vållande av sjukdom).

The man was sentenced to 240 hours of community service, which according to Lund District Court’s verdict is the equivalent of one year in prison. The 27-year-old also has to pay his former sex partner 606,800 kronor in damages.

The two men met online, exchanging messages and agreeing to meet. Details of the one-night stand, however, have been described in different ways by the two men, according to reporting by the TT news agency.

The plaintiff has adequately proven that he was infected by HIV during the encounter with the 27-year-old, who has carried the virus for several years.

In Sweden, it is against the law not to tell a sexual partner about being infected with HIV before intercourse and sexual activity.

“Sweden has a communicable diseases law which stipulates certain rules,” explains the website of the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (RFSL).

“One of these is the duty to inform, which means that if you know you have HIV you must tell your partner before you have sex.”

Doctors in Sweden must report cases of suspected lack of compliance to the law to the police, the organization further states.

“The sexual partner that is subjected to risk can report it as aggravated assault to the prosecutor’s office.”

TT/The Local/at

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