The Penal Code of Nayarit contains a number of provisions which criminalise perceived ‘exposure’ to and actual transmission of disease.
Article 219 criminalises anyone who knows they carry a venereal or serious and easily transmitted disease and who puts the health of another in “danger of contagion” through sexual intercourse. The penalty is three months to two years’ imprisonment and a fine of one to ten days, as well as confinement in hospital during the “infectious period”.
The same penalty applies to a woman who is living with a disease as above and breast-feeds a child which is not her own without the parents or guardian being aware of her health condition. The Penal Code also contains similar offences which are limited to syphilis.
Article 221 states that knowledge of the illness is presumed when the accused or breastfed child present discernible external manifestations of the illness.
In the case of partners, criminal sanction can only proceed following an individual complaint.
Article 222 imposes a more severe penalty where the disease is incurable. It states that anyone who knows they are suffering from an incurable venereal disease and infects another person through sexual or other means is liable for a penalty of ten to twenty years’ imprisonment and a fine of one hundred to four hundred days. The same sanction is imposed on anyone who is not living with the disease but infects another person by another means and in a fraudulent manner.
Furthermore, the transmission of disease can be penalised under injury provisions. Article 346 imposes a prison sentence of four to twelve years and a fine of one hundred to two hundred days on anyone who inflicts an injury which causes an incurable illness.
Código Penal para el Estado de Nayarit, (Tepic: Congreso del Estado de Nayarit, 2020)
CRIMES AGAINST PUBLIC HEALTH
SINGLE CHAPTER ON THE CRIME OF SEXUAL CONTACT OR NUTRITION, THE SPREAD OF DISEASES AND THE COUNTERFEIT OR ADULTERATION OF FOOD OR MEDICINAL PRODUCTS
(REFORMED FIRST PARAGRAPH, P.O. NOVEMBER 8, 2016)
ARTICLE 219.- He who knowing that he is ill with a venereal disease in a period of infection or a serious and easily transmittable, has sexual intercourse and thus put the health of another in simple danger of contagion, will be punished with imprisonment from three months to two years and a fine of one to ten days, without prejudice to being confined in a hospital until the infective period ceases .
The same sanctions and the same imprisonment shall be imposed on women who suffering from one of the diseases mentioned in the previous paragraph, breastfeed a strange child, except in the case that the breastfed minor suffers from the same disease before and the parents or guardians who, knowing that their child or ward suffers from any of the aforementioned diseases in an infectious period, give it to a nurse so that breastfeed them. The mother who, being ill with syphilis due to postpartum infection, breastfeeds her own child, if she can give him artificial or nurse feeding, the same sanctions referred to in the first paragraph of this article will be applied.
ARTICLE 220.– Non-syphilitic women who, knowing that a minor is finds a patient with congenital syphilis, breastfeed him, if she is also
breastfeeding another or other minors, the same
sanctions indicated in the previous article.
ARTICLE 221.– If contagion occurs in any of the cases of the two previous articles, the sanction will also be imposed corresponding to the resulting crime.
Knowledge of the disease will be presumed when the agent or the children who are breastfed have easily visible injuries or external manifestations of it.
In the case of spouses or cohabiting persons, only
will proceed by complaint of the offended.
(REFORMED FIRST PARAGRAPH, P.O. NOVEMBER 8, 2016)
ARTICLE 222.– Anyone who, knowing that he suffers from incurable venereal disease, infects another through sexual intercourse or any other means, shall be punished with a prison term of ten to twenty years and a fine of one hundred to four hundred days, without prejudice to the security measures that may be decreed, in order to avoid subsequent infections.
The same sanction will be imposed on whoever without suffering it, by any means and maliciously infects another.
ARTICLE 346.- From four to twelve years in prison and a fine of one hundred to two hundred days shall be imposed on the person who causes an injury resulting in a certain or probably incurable disease, the complete disablement or the loss of an eye, an arm, of a hand, of a leg or of a foot, or of any other organ; when any organic function is impaired forever or when the offended person is deaf or with an incorrigible deformity.
Five to fifteen years in prison and a fine of two hundred to three hundred days shall be imposed on anyone who causes an injury as a result of which permanent incapacity to work, mental derangement, loss of sight or speech or sexual functions results.
(REFORMED, P.O. NOVEMBER 8, 2016)