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October 21, 2009

Australia: Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Knowingly Transmitting HIV

An HIV-positive Victoria, Australia man—who was diagnosed in 1993—faces a 10-year jail sentence for transmitting the virus to a female partner, the Australian Associated Press reports.

Wepukhulu Zebtek, 44, is originally from Uganda. He was charged in 2007 after a woman he had sex with later tested HIV positive, and he pleaded guilty to a grievous bodily harm charge. The prosecutor said Zebtek did not wear a condom and did not disclose his HIV status to the complainant, a 48-year-old widow.

In 2002, the Victorian Department of Health counseled him on condom use after he reportedly had unprotected sex with several women outside his marriage.

Zebtek is currently out on renewed bail and will undergo psychological evaluation before his December 16 sentencing.

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