A Canadian man who stood trial for not telling several sexual partners that he has herpes has been spared a criminal record.
According to the Ottawa Citizen, the Canadian Forces soldier had sex with three women without disclosing that he was infected with the sexually transmitted disease. Two of them ended up being infected with the disease, which can cause painful blisters in the genital area. All three said that they would not have had sex with the man if they were aware of his STD status.
The man, 36-year-old Mathew Wilson, was originally charged with aggravated sexual assault, but the charges were reduced. He ended up pleading guilty to criminal negligence causing bodily harm. The judge in the case granted him a conditional discharge, which means he won't have a criminal record for the act, and placed him on probation for three years. She argued that the highly-publicized case was punishment enough for Wilson. Additionally, she said that it raised public awareness about disclosing one's STD status to sexual partners.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, herpes can be transmitted to a sexual partner even when the sores are not visible. While there is not a cure for the STD, there are ways for those infected with it to manage the disease and control outbreaks.