Iowa Supreme Court to hear appeal in HIV case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/1ayb6oA) an Iowa man who pleaded guilty in 2009 to criminal transmission of HIV will have his case heard before the Iowa Supreme Court.

The case stems from the conviction of 39-year-old Nick Rhoades, an HIV-positive Iowan who had a one-time sexual encounter in 2008 with another man during which they used a condom.

Iowa passed a law in 1998 that makes it a felony for someone with HIV to engage in intimate contact with another person. That is defined as the intentional exposure of the body of one person to a bodily fluid of another person in a manner that could result in the transmission of HIV.

Rhoades argues he did not intentionally expose the other man, because he practiced safe sex.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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