New Zealander Injects Wife With His Own HIV
Hoped common illness would aid marriage, she'd have sex again
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2009 5:32 AM CST
A lab worker organizes blood samples to be tested for HIV in San Salvador, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009.   (AP Photo/Luis Romero)
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(Newser) – An HIV-positive New Zealander faces 14 years in prison for infecting his wife with the virus in hopes that she would start sleeping with him again. The husband allegedly pricked her with a sewing needle laced with his blood because she—who had tested negative after his diagnosis—stopped having sex with him, for fear of contracting the virus.

"I used needles on you because I wanted you to be the same as me so that you can live with me and you won't leave me," she claims her husband admitted. The couple had stayed together—though abstinent—for the sake of their two children despite the man's HIV-positive status, New Zealand's Stuff reports. “I just wanted to maintain the relationship for the sake of the children,” the wife told the court.