Jail term for HIV+ husband

Harare – A nurse in western Zimbabwe discovered her husband was HIV-positive, and reported it to the police.

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A nurse in western Zimbabwe discovered her husband was HIV-positive, and reported it to the police.

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He was sentenced to eight years in prison this week for failing to disclose his status and transmitting the deadly virus to his wife.

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The man is employed as a driver at the Blanket gold mine in south-western Zimbabwe.

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Prosecutor Johannes Tlou said the HIV-positive man married the complainant, a nurse, aged 35, in 2013.

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In February last year, she tested HIV-negative but six months later, while doing household chores, she found a wrapped bag of antiretroviral drugs in a drawer in their home.

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The Gwanda Magistrate’s Court heard that she had confronted her husband with the information and had asked him to explain.

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He, however, responded violently, assaulted her and ordered her to leave their matrimonial home.

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She left and went for another HIV test. This time the results were positive.

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The man will effectively spend three years in jail if he is considered well behaved while serving his sentence. He was also cautioned for assaulting his wife.

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About 15 percent of all Zimbabweans aged 15 to 49 are infected with HIV, according to the National Aids Council, with nearly a million people in need of antiretroviral treatment.

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About 70 000 people die each year from diseases associated with HIV and there are about 70 000 new infections annually.

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