Disclosing HIV status not enough; sexual partners must be told of infection risks: High Court

A medical worker drawing blood from a patient for a HIV test.
A medical worker drawing blood from a patient for a HIV test.PHOTO: REUTERS

Prospective sexual partners must also be told of risks involved and give their consent

HIV-positive offenders are duty-bound to inform prospective sexual partners of the infection risk and not just disclose their HIV status, ruled a High Court judge.

The court, in dismissing an appeal by an HIV-positive Singaporean convicted of not informing a victim, also set a new sentencing framework to deal with such first-time offenders who may face jail terms of up to 10 years if their victims get infected.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 02, 2019, with the headline 'Disclosing HIV status not enough, rules High Court'. Print Edition | Subscribe