Rare HIV Criminal Trial Begins Next Week in Iowa City
January 17, 2003
In Iowa's Johnson County District Court, trial is set to begin next week for Aaron James Dahlberg, a Minnesota man charged with criminal transmission of HIV. The charge is based on allegations that Dahlberg did not reveal his HIV-positive status to an Iowa City man before they twice had unprotected sex over the night of March 31-April 1, 2000. The formal charges against Dahlberg list 12 state witnesses, including three alleged victims, law enforcement officers and a physician. Iowa City Detective Jenny Clarahan said the Iowa City man reported that he asked before their encounter whether Dahlberg had any STDs, including HIV, and Dahlberg said no. The trial, which begins Tuesday, is expected to last two or three days. Only a handful of similar cases have been tried in the four years since Iowa enacted the law.Adapted from:
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.