Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Dangerous Liaisons

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Dangerous Liaisons

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The following is not the plotline of Univision's latest telenovela: A California woman has sued her ex-husband for infecting her with HIV, though he claims he didn't know he was HIV-positive at that time--and believes his ex-wife infected him. The woman, known as Bridget, tested HIV-positive in October 2000, six weeks after her husband, John, tested HIV-negative. Within a month both developed AIDS symptoms and tested HIV-positive in a second round of tests. At first Bridget bought into John's claim that she had infected him, but she later became doubtful. In December 2001, John revealed to her that both before and after their marriage he had unsafe sex with men.

Bridget then accused John of infecting her because he led a "rampant, high-risk secret lifestyle." In 2002 she sued him for fraud, negligence, and negligent infliction of emotional distress. The case made it to the California supreme court, which in July 2006 ruled that John must disclose his medical records and sexual history-including e-mails to potential sex partners--but limited evidence to the six months preceding his HIV-negative test in fall 2000. …

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