An African migrant who is charged with "two counts of endangering life after he exposed his partner to the HIV virus" has been granted bail.
ABC online reports that the man, whose case was first reported last month, has received "home detention bail on the condition he surrenders his passport and wears an electronic monitor."
Despite the report's headline – 'Bail for accused HIV infector' – it's not clear from any of the reports so far that that he is actually accused of criminal HIV transmission, but rather non-disclosure prior to unprotected sex (criminal HIV exposure). This seems possible under South Australia's criminal law, but unusual.
Last month's report from Adeleide Now included the following details:
[Police] allege he exposed the woman to the Human Immmuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) through sexual intercourse in 2004 and 2005, without her knowing that he was HIV-positive.
This latest report adds a little more detail to the case, notably that, like so many accused in low-prevalence high-income countries, the man is a heterosexual African migrant:
The court heard [man's name] came to Australia as a refugee and has been living in Australia for 10 years.
The court also heard he was about to return to Africa when he was arrested.
However, the report also suggests that it is not only the woman who is a complainant in the case, but also her baby.
He will also be prevented from contacting any of his alleged victims including a child born to one of his ex-girlfriends.This suggests that the woman, his ex-girlfriend, tested HIV-positive after transmitting HIV to her baby, and he now stands accused of both infections.