What can I do about someone knowingly passing me an STD?

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What can I do about someone knowingly passing me an STD?

I dated this guy, we had sex several times then someone else informed me that he has herpes. I asked him, and he claimed he forgot. He recently moved about an hour away, in another state. Before he moved, I got several really bad blisters on my genitals and made him aware that he gave it to me. All he could say was that he was sorry. He’s given it to 2 others that I know of. I want to do something about it.

Asked on September 17, 2019 under Personal Injury, Mississippi

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

It's possible that he did not "intentionally" give you an STD, but even so, if he had been previously diagnosed, he would have been "negligent" (unreasonably careless) or "grossly negligent" (exceptionally careless) to have sex sex with someone while knowing of an STD diagnosis without either engaging in safe sex and/or warning his partner, so they could decide if they were willing to take the risk. Since you can sue for injury (e.g. getting a lifetime disease; medical costs) due to negligence or gross negligence as well as due to an intentional act, you could sue him for compensation for this. The case is, however, much more legally and procedurally complex than the typical small claims case for a fender bender or unpaid bill and you would likely need an attorney to bring the case in an effective manner. If you want to explore the option of a lawsuit, consult with a personal injury attorney.


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