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HIV Case Headed to Minnesota Supreme Court Draws National Interest

April 1, 2013

The case of an HIV-infected man in Minnesota who was convicted then cleared of a felony for having unprotected sex, is drawing attention from legal and medical experts nationwide. Prosecutors charged the defendant under Minnesota state statute 609.2241, which states that a person commits a crime by transmitting HIV or other serious communicable disease through "sexual penetration with another person without having first informed the other person" or by the "transfer of blood, sperm, organs, or tissues, except as deemed necessary for medical research or if disclosed on donor screening forms." The defendant's partner testified he had sex several times with him, but it was not clear how the partner contracted HIV.

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