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Doctor with HIV jailed for sex with 2 men

June 21, 2010
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, June 21 (UPI) -- A male doctor was jailed in Stockholm, Sweden, for having unprotected sex with two other men despite knowing he was HIV positive, court documents show.

The physician was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment for reckless endangerment and ordered to pay 26,900 kronor ($3,483.44) in compensation to one of the men, The Local reported Monday.

Only one of the two men has been diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus, which can lead to AIDS, but the court ruled he could have been infected by someone else.

The attorney for the men, Elisabeth Massi Fritz, the ruling will be appealed.

"There can be no other person that has infected my client. But we have to obtain a supplementary investigation to prove this," said Massi Fritz.

The district court concluded in its ruling the doctor's offense was especially serious considering in his professional capacity he should be aware of the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control rules of conduct, The Local said.