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Louisiana statute deemed valid despite 'sloppy' drafting.


AIDS Policy Law. 1998 Sep 4;13(16):4. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

Onofre Serrano was convicted of exposing his girlfriend to HIV in 1991 and was sentenced to 1 year of hard labor. He was convicted based on a 1993 law that prohibits intentionally exposing another person to the AIDS virus without his or her informed consent. Serrano appealed the decision, arguing that the statute was vague, specifically in its use of the term AIDS virus. The Court stated that while the Legislature's use of the term AIDS virus may be sloppy language, it did not invalidate the intent of the law.

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Information in this article was accurate in July 30, 1999. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.