18 Jan '12, 6am

Man gets 18 months' jail for not disclosing HIV status before sex

SINGAPORE: A man infected with the HIV virus was on Wednesday sentenced to 18 months' jail for failing to inform another man of his status before they had sex. The 27-year-old former civil engineer was found guilty of one charge of contravening the Infectious Diseases Act. He is also the first person to be sentenced under the new Act, which was amended in 2008 to increase the maximum punishment to a jail term of ten years and a S$50,000 fine. The court was told that the two men engaged in oral and anal sex sometime in January 2009. The offender did not inform his partner of the risk of contracting HIV from him, despite being aware of the consequences of his actions. In his mitigation, he said he found it difficult to disclose his HIV-positive status. He said the intention was not to harm the victim, but was one of "self-protection" as he was afraid of being "abandoned by h...

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