DES MOINES — An Iowa man who pleaded guilty in 2009 to criminal transmission of HIV will have his case heard before the Iowa Supreme Court.
The case stems from the conviction of Nick Rhoades, 39, an HIV-positive man who in 2008 had one sexual encounter with another man, during which they used a condom.
Iowa passed a law in 1998 that makes it a felony for someone with HIV to engage in intimate contact with another person. That is defined as the intentional exposure of the body of one person to a bodily fluid of another person in a manner that could result in the transmission of HIV.
Rhoades maintains that he did not intentionally expose the other man, because he practiced safe sex. — AP
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