STD Transmission Laws in Georgia
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) people who live in the South, including Atlanta and Moultrie, Georgia, are more likely to be diagnosed with HIV than people living in other parts of the United States. In fact, Georgia is one of the states in which its residents are at the highest risk for HIV/AIDS, with an average of one in every 51 Georgians being at risk.
Contracting HIV or other STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) affects your life in many ways and you shouldn’t have to deal with the consequences of someone else’s wrongdoing on your own. If you’re infected, what rights do you have? Is there any liability on the part of the person who infected you?
Georgia STD Laws
In an effort to protect residents against being infected intentionally or recklessly, the State of Georgia has criminalized the act of infecting someone with HIV or hepatitis as a felony.
If you contracted an STD by having sex with someone who knew they were infected and didn’t tell you, then you could sue for negligence in transmitting an STD. Battery and fraud claims can also be pursued.
To be able to prove damages due to contracting an STD from a negligent party, you would have to show long-term debilitating damages like ongoing expenses for your long-term healthcare, emotional distress, and extreme lifestyle changes.
How to Get Started
If you contracted an STD due to someone neglecting to tell you they were infected, then you have the right to seek legal action. The lawyers of Conley Griggs Partin LLP servicing the Atlanta and Moultrie, Georgia area can help you report this crime to law enforcement and ensure that the person responsible is held liable.
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