No Jail Time for HIV-Positive German Singer

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Nadja Benaissa, of the German pop group No Angels, was given a two-year suspended sentence after having unprotected sex with three partners while keeping her HIV-positive status a secret.

Benaissa was found guilty of causing bodily harm to one man, who was infected with the virus, and two cases of attempting bodily harm. She admitted to hiding her virus, but she claimed she did not deliberately infect anyone. She did not disclose her HIV-positive status, she said, to protect her career, which she said was a “cowardly act.”

The singer will have to perform 300 hours of community service along with her sentence. She could have been sentenced to up to 10 years behind bars, but she was granted a lighter sentence because she confessed and expressed remorse. (via BBC)

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