Australia: 28-year-old man faces criminal charges for alleged HIV transmission




Man accused of infecting two sexual partners with HIV

March 7, 2018
Source: West Australian

A 28-year-old WA man is facing criminal charges over accusations he knowingly transmitted the HIV virus to two sexual partners.

In the Magistrate’s Court yesterday, RH denied allegations he caused aggravated grievous bodily harm to two men.

Police will claim that Mr H. was diagnosed with HIV several years ago but despite being aware he had the disease, he failed to tell the men about his condition before their sexual encounters.

He is accused of infecting one man between early 2014 and August 2015 and of infecting a second man late last year.

Police launched an investigation after one man made a complaint and the second alleged victim was identified during their inquiries.

Mr H. has been in custody since his arrest in January and has not applied for bail.

He formally entered pleas to the charges yesterday, saying “at this stage, not guilty” over the 2017 allegation and then “not guilty your Honour” over the first alleged offence.

Magistrate Joe Randazzo told Mr H. the case would need to be dealt with in the District Court before reading him the charges.

Inquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact Rockingham detectives.