Woman Wins $900K From Guy Who Gave Her Herpes
Jurors say he had a responsibility to tell her
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 5, 2012 10:08 AM CDT
A condom could have saved a certain dentist a lot of money.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Reason to wear a condom No. 437: Giving someone an STD can be really expensive. A 49-year-old Oregon woman won a lawsuit last week against the 69-year-old man she says gave her genital herpes on their fourth date, the Oregonian reports. The jury awarded her $900,000, almost the entire amount she'd been asking for, declaring that the incident had been 75% the man's fault. "We all felt he should have told her—he had a responsibility to tell her," one juror said. The plaintiff claimed the man had agreed to use a condom, but changed his mind at the last second, and only mentioned the disease afterward.

STD lawsuits are rare because it's hard to prove such claims, but the woman shared medical records showing she'd had a clean bill of health two months earlier. She also described a miserable aftermath, complete with medications that caused hair loss and weight gain, and depression. Her attorney called her heroic for pursuing the case, knowing it would be "embarrassing [and] massively unpleasant." But the defense attorney disagreed. "Grow up. Come on. You're an adult," he said. "She is not some little innocent victim."

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Jun 7, 2012 9:20 PM CDT
Results of a nationally representative study show that genital herpes infection is common in the United States. Nationwide, 16.2%, or about one out of six, people 14 to 49 years of age have genital HSV-2 infection. Over the past decade, the percentage of Americans with genital herpes infection in the U.S. has remained stable.STDRomance , c o m ...Genital HSV-2 infection is more common in women (approximately one out of five women 14 to 49 years of age) than in men (about one out of nine men 14 to 49 years of age). Transmission from an infected male to his female partner is more likely than from an infected female to her male partner.
Jun 6, 2012 4:30 PM CDT
i can't believe people are actually defending this guy. herpes has been linked to cervical cancer. infections like herpes has been linked to setting off autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis. what kind of assholes are you people?
Jun 5, 2012 8:51 PM CDT
Genital herpes; the gift that keeps on giving.