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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.”

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Swedish NBA star won’t play amid assault probe

Swedish-American Jeffery Taylor of the Charlotte Hornets will not be involved in team activities as the basketball association and police probe the domestic assault charge against him.

Swedish NBA star won't play amid assault probe
Jeffery Taylor in action for Sweden against Russia in 2013. AP Photo

The team, in a statement Friday, did not characterize its action as a suspension, and indicated Taylor agreed to the measure.

"As an organization, we understand and appreciate the seriousness of this matter, and will assist the NBA and law enforcement in any way we can until this comes to an acceptable resolution," the Hornets said.

"We have spoken with Jeffery and his representatives and they fully understand our position."

Taylor was arrested and charged on Thursday in East Lansing, Michigan, just the latest unsavory incident to tarnish the reputation of US sports.

The 25-year-old was arraigned and has been formally charged with one count of domestic assault, one count of assault and one count of malicious destruction of property, a police statement said.

Authorities did not outline the circumstances of the case, saying only that police were called after a report of domestic assault at an East Lansing hotel at around 1:00 am on Thursday.
 

Taylor, a 25-year-old measuring 201 centimetres, was born in Norrköping in eastern Sweden. He is about to enter his third season in the NBA. He holds dual Swedish and American citizenship

He missed most of last season after rupturing his right Achilles tendon in December.

His arrest came just days after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league was reviewing its policies on domestic violence in light of the public relations crisis the NFL is facing over its handling of several such cases involving high-profile players.

That included the NFL's clumsy handling of Ravens running back Ray Rice, who knocked his future wife unconscious in a casino elevator in February.

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