Seattle court orders HIV-positive man to stop spreading the virus

An HIV-positive man in Seattle could face jail time if he fails to comply with a court order seeking to prevent him from spreading the disease to his sexual partners, King County officials said Thursday. Public health officials took the rare step of seeking a cease-and-desist order against the man, identified only as “AO,” who became aware of his HIV-positive status in 2008 but has since infected at least eight people, court documents said. Health officials in Seattle said the move was not criminalizing sexual behavior or infringing on personal liberty, but was instead aimed at protecting public health. In this case, the man must show up for counseling sessions and adopt behaviors that will protect future sexual partners, according to the court order.
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