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His attorney argued that the woman was careless -- that she should have demanded he wear a condom because without one "everyone knows you're at risk for an STD." "Grow up.
While scientific knowledge about genital herpes has progressed, public attitudes seem slower to evolve.
Afterward, as they were lying in bed and talking about the chemistry between them, she said he broke the news to her: He had herpes. Her outbreaks, she said, have been repeated and painful.
She took anti-viral medication, but it caused large amounts of her hair to fall out.
In 1996, however, a 32-year-old woman filed suit against her 38-year-old former Portland boyfriend, claiming he infected her with genital herpes after making a conscious decision not to tell her of his health status. Others criminalize only the intentional spreading of HIV because of its serious, life-threatening nature.
During last week's trial, the woman's attorney, Randall Vogt, said his client had received a clean bill of health in January 2010 and then had sex with the retired dentist for one time on May 25, 2010.Once a person has been educated about the virus and has lived with the infection for sometime they are likely to have a different emotional outlook.We aim to dispel the myths ignorance and stigma which society, both lay and professional, perpetuates."We all felt he should have told her -- he had the responsibility to tell her," said juror Noah Brimhall.Difficult to prove Lawsuits like this are rare because it's difficult to prove a "preponderance of the evidence" -- in other words, that someone "more likely than not" intentionally infected another. Some states specifically outlaw the intentional spread of any sexually transmitted diseases.