Having protected sex or practicing abstinence is not only a good idea to prevent unwanted pregnancies, it is the law in Utah for those that knowingly have a sexually transmitted disease.
What happens behind closed doors is everybody’s business
35 states have laws to help prevent the spread of STD’s such as HIV. Utah Code 26-6-5 states that “Any person who willfully or knowingly introduces any communicable or infectious disease into any county, municipality, or community is guilty of a class A misdemeanor […]. “ Even if precautions are taken such as wearing a condom, criminal charges can occur from transmitting STD’s. These charges are increased to a felony if the STD HIV is spread through a prostitute that is aware that they are positive with the disease.
Negligent or intentional
Not every individual that shares an STD will have charges filed against them. There are many STD’s that are difficult to tell if someone has, as not all of them have symptoms, especially in the early stages. Those that are unaware that they are carriers of an STD such as HIV will not be prosecuted. However, those that are aware of their disease and share it, whether or not they are reckless and share it through their negligence or if they intentionally infect another person, can face criminal charges.
Protect yourself and protect others
The state or government will try to discourage the spread of STDs by having criminal penalties. Those penalties will depend on the infectiousness of the disease, and your willingness to share it. If you suspect that you may be a carrier of an STD such as HIV, get it confirmed by a doctor before you engage in sexual activities with others. If you are facing charges for negligence or even assault from transmitting an STD, contact a criminal defense attorney immediately.