This article surveys HIV- related criminal prosecutions in the United States from 1989 - 2000. Although POZ' case tracking for this article almost certainly misses those that aren't reported in the media or legal databases, the author nonetheless found 101 cases. Whitehorn notes: "While the rape cases get the headlines, our list contains only five, plus 14 of sex with a minor (statutory rape). We found 45 consensual sex cases and 22 for spitting or biting. Eleven of the 101 cases were reported to have resulted in HIV transmission. (The facts are hard to come by, so information about disclosure, condom use and infection is often missing. The list itself is incomplete.)"
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