Monday, December 7, 2009

HIV-Positive Man Injects Wife With His Blood

An HIV-positive man used a needle tainted with his infected blood to pass the virus on to his sleeping wife, the New Zealand press reports.

The husband, 35, discovered he was HIV-positive - but his 33-year-old wife and children were not - during health checks imposed on them when the family arrived in New Zealand in 2004.

The woman had said she wanted to maintain the relationship for the sake of the children.

But she refused to have sex with her husband for fear of contracting the disease.

In the documents, the wife described how, in May 2008, she found a sting-like mark on her left thigh and two days later awoke to a stinging feeling in her leg. Later that day, when she returned home unexpectedly, she saw her husband in the bedroom with a syringe full of blood.

Two days later she awoke to a stinging feeling in her leg. He denied pricking her, but later she found evidence of "blood sprinkles" on the duvet, which she said her husband tried to hide from her.

During a routine check-up four months later, doctors revealed she was HIV-positive.

The woman confronted her husband, who admitted dipping a needle in his blood and pricking her with it.

"All he said (was) he was sorry. He said, 'I used needles on you because I wanted you to be the same as me so that you can live with me and you won't leave me'," she said.

The husband has admitted wilfully infecting another with a disease and faces up to 14 years in jail when he is sentenced at Auckland High Court next year.


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