Wednesday, March 14, 2007
A British man has been convicted of infecting two women with HIV.
In a landmark ruling, an HIV carrier was today found guilty of causing "biological" grievous bodily harm after he infected two lovers with the Aids virus.
Mohammed Dica, 38, conned his first victim into having unprotected sex by claiming he had had a vasectomy, and then persuaded a mother-of-two to sleep with him by declaring his love for her.
Dica's conviction is the first successful prosecution in England and Wales for sexually transmitting Aids, and the first for 137 years for infecting someone else with a sexually transmitted disease.
The father of three from Mitcham, Surrey, did not give evidence, but when interviewed he told police both women had known of his condition before going to bed with him.
The jury - made up equally of men and women - convicted Dica of two charges of causing "biological" grievous bodily harm at Inner London Crown Court in central London. Judge Nicholas Philpot refused a defense application for bail.
"If I had to sentence him today there is no doubt he would be going to prison and for a long time," he said.
This is a monumental precedent. I wonder if it will ever happen in the States. More likely, I wonder when it will happen, and the ensuing march to the Supreme Court (you know it will happen) will be something to watch.
Loosely related, the Vatican is lying to people in HIV-heavy countries, saying that condoms don't prohibit the spread of AIDS.
The Catholic Church is telling people in countries stricken by Aids not to use condoms because they have tiny holes in them through which HIV can pass - potentially exposing thousands of people to risk.
The church is making the claims across four continents despite a widespread scientific consensus that condoms are impermeable to HIV.
A senior Vatican spokesman backs the claims about permeable condoms, despite assurances by the World Health Organization that they are untrue.
This is enraging. The WHO and many other organizations are fighting a very tough uphill battle trying to stem the flood that is the spread of HIV in Africa and Latin America. To have the leading authority on religion for much of those regions blatantly lying to the populous and putting them at further risk is unconscionable.
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