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Friday, 10 August 2007

France: Gay man indicted for HIV transmission

http://v2.e-llico.com/article.htm?rubrique=actu&articleID=16016

(Translation by Sylvie Beaumont, NAM)

A 25 years old gay man, suspected of having voluntarily contaminated partners with the AIDS virus during non-protected sex has been indicted on Thursday.

The young man was indicted for "administration of harmful substances resulting in permanent disability". He was released by the judge and placed under strict judiciary control involving tests and treatment in particular.

The case came to light following the complaints of 2 of his former partners living in the Var area.

Genotyping has allowed the identification of an identical virus type and the young man has been identified as the common denominator between the 2 cases. According to the first elements of the case, a dozen of young gay men have been infected since 2002, year where the alleged author has learnt of his diagnosis.

The young man denies the facts and has told the judge that he was not able to face up to his infection, calling it "forward escape".

Generally there are very few complaints and sentencing in the gay population in France. Emmanuel Ch√Ęteau, co-president of Act Up-Paris explains that should one complain the most likely response from the community would be: You should have worn a condom. Plus there are more than one partners and it's difficult to pinpoint the infection to one person in particular.

The majority of gay men who get infected blame themselves and they don't want to talk about the sexual activities with the police, the justice system and the media. Until now there has been no sentencing of gay men in France.

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