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California Court Allows Defendant's Sexual History Into HIV Case

California justices rule that those who don't inform their partners of previous relationships can be liable for transmitting diseases.
By Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
July 5, 2006

People who don't tell their partners about their sexual pasts could be forced to pay damages for negligently transmitting AIDS or other sexually communicable diseases, the California Supreme Court has ruled in a groundbreaking decision.

In a 4-3 ruling Monday, the state's highest court held that a man accused of infecting his wife with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, must disclose in pretrial proceedings some of his previous sexual activity.
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