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New Jersey Lawmakers Want Loophole Closed in Cases Involving Failure to Disclose HIV Infection

September 19, 2013

New Jersey state lawmakers introduced a bill that would permit authorities to obtain medical records of persons accused of not disclosing their HIV status to sexual partners. The measure was prompted by the recent acquittal of a retired police captain who did not tell his female sexual partners that he was HIV-positive; an appeals court cited current state law that barred prosecutors from obtaining his medical records.

"Failing to inform a sexual partner of this type of personal information can result in life-changing and deadly results and is akin to the most serious of assaults," said Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16th District). "In order to allow for the appropriate prosecution of this appalling crime -- and to send a message to others that this selfish and dangerous behavior won't be tolerated -- we must give the court the ability to consider information critical to the case like a suspect's medical history."

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