Iowa Supreme Court to Hear Appeal in HIV Case

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By Ben Hoppenworth

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Des Moines Register reports 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 39-year-old Nick Rhoades, an HIV-positive Iowan who had a one-time sexual encounter in 2008 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 argues he did not intentionally expose the other man, because he practiced safe sex.

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