Did Rapist Get HIV From Victim?
Greater Manchester,England – Richard Thomas, 27, who admitted to raping a woman in Leigh, Greater Manchester has not only been sentenced to five years and four months in jail, but he also learned that he may have contracted HIV from his victim.
According to All Voices, Thomas is a resident of Sandringham Drive, Leigh and confessed to raping a woman in Leigh after breaking into her house while she was asleep after taking a sleeping pill.
Thomas had admit to drinking heavily and taking drugs the night he raped the woman.
According to BBC News, Thomas had let himself into the house uninvited in the middle of the night and the woman awoke to find him raping her.
Harry Pepper, prosecuting, said: “She froze and no words were exchanged. He pulled up his shorts and left.”
Thomas stated that he could not remember these events taking place, but did know he had been using and drinking heavily.
All Voices reported that even though Thomas didn’t remember these events ever taking place, he did believe everything the woman said and confessed of his crime.
I guess Richard Thomas was trying to do the right thing in admitting to his actions, even though he couldn’t remember exactly what had gone down after his drinking binge.
Turns out Thomas ended up getting more than he could chew when he was informed of his own health risks during court.
According to BBC News, Thomas has known that the woman was sick, but had no idea she was ill due to HIV.
When he was informed in court that she was in fact HIV positive, Thomas collapsed in the middle of the court hearing.
Judge Mark Brown described the crime as “dreadful,” and his barrister, Virginia Hayton, said: “It is his own fault, if he had not committed this offense he would not have placed himself in this position.”
Richard Thomas is due to find out whether he has contracted HIV later in the week.
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Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse, which is initiated by one or more persons against another person without that person’s consent. The act may be carried out by physical force, coercion, abuse of authority or against a person who is incapable of valid consent, such as one who is unconscious, incapacitated, or below the legal age of consent.
Internationally, the incidence of rapes recorded by the police during 2008 varied between 0.1 in Egypt per 100,000 people and 91.6 per 100,000 people in Lesotho with 4.9 per 100,000 people in Lithuania as the median. According to the American Medical Association (1995), sexual violence, and rape in particular, is considered the most underreported violent crime. The rate of reporting, prosecution and convictions for rape varies considerably in different jurisdictions. The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (1999) estimated that 91% of U.S. rape victims are female and 9% are male, with 99% of the offenders being male. Rape by strangers is usually less common than rape by persons the victim knows, and several studies argue that male-male and female-female prison rape are quite common and may be the least reported forms of rape.
When part of a widespread and systematic practice, rape and sexual slavery are recognized as crimes against humanity and war crimes. Rape is also recognized as an element of the crime of genocide when committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a targeted ethnic group.
People who have been raped can be severely traumatized and may suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder; in addition to psychological harm resulting from the act, rape may cause physical injury, or have additional effects on the victim, such as acquiring of a sexually transmitted infection or becoming pregnant. Furthermore, following a rape, a victim may face violence or threats of thereof from the rapist, and, in some cultures, from the victim’s own family and relatives.
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (slowly replicating retrovirus) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections and cancers to thrive. Infection with HIV occurs by the transfer of blood, semen, vaginal fluid, pre-ejaculate, or breast milk. Within these bodily fluids, HIV is present as both free virus particles and virus within infected immune cells.
HIV infects vital cells in the human immune system such as helper T cells (specifically CD4+ T cells), macrophages, and dendritic cells. HIV infection leads to low levels of CD4+ T cells through a number of mechanisms including: apoptosis of uninfected bystander cells, direct viral killing of infected cells, and killing of infected CD4+ T cells by CD8 cytotoxic lymphocytes that recognize infected cells. When CD4+ T cell numbers decline below a critical level, cell-mediated immunity is lost, and the body becomes progressively more susceptible to opportunistic infections.