A gay North Carolina man has been arrested and faces charges after having "repeated" unprotected sex and not telling his partner that he is HIV positive, reports Raleigh Durham's ABC 11.
John Conway Hart, 27, is charged with a public health violation. If convicted, he could face up to four months in jail and a medical quarantine. One of Hart's sexual partners informed police after allegedly finding out about Hart's medical status after the fact.
"Thirty-four states and two U.S. territories have HIV-specific criminal statutes," adds the Center for HIV Law and Policy. "Thirty-six states have reported proceedings in which HIV-positive people have been arrested and/or prosecuted for consensual sex, biting, and spitting."
The United States and Canada lead the world when it comes to prosecuting people who infect or expose others to HIV. Blacks and gays of color are disproportionately singled out for prosecution, according to data presented at AIDS 2010 in Vienna.
The man told police they had unprotected sex "for more than two months" before he learned Hart's serostatus. Prosecutors do not say the victim became infected.
Unsafe sex for two months and never asking your partner's status?
Watch ABC 11's report AFTER THE JUMP ...