Court affirms AIDS liability

July 5, 2006 at 5:42 PM
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SACRAMENTO, July 5 (UPI) -- The California Supreme Court has ruled people can be sued for failing to disclose their sexual history before unknowingly transmitting AIDS.

The court ruled 4-3 in the decision, which stemmed from the case of a man who transmitted human immunodeficiency virus, the virus that causes AIDS, to his wife, and cited privacy laws to avoid disclosing his sexual history to the court, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

Justice Marvin Baxter wrote for the majority that courts "have long imposed liability on individuals who have harmed others by transmitting communicable diseases.

"We agree with these courts that to be stricken with disease through another's negligence is ... no different from being struck with an automobile through another's negligence."

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