Criminal charges for HIV transmission – an acquittal

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A gay man being prosecuted for ‘recklessly’ passing on HIV to his partner has been acquitted in Kingston Crown Court today. All previous criminal prosecutions for this charge have resulted in guilty verdicts.

Lisa Power, Head of Policy at Terrence Higgins Trust said “We welcome this verdict. Scientific evidence showing links between the type of virus infecting two people is not proof of direct transmission. Such evidence doesn’t give the same level of proof as DNA or fingerprint evidence, and it is important people realise this. In the light of this verdict, we hope that the Crown Prosecution Service and police forces will re-evaluate their approach to the use of scientific evidence in HIV transmission cases.”