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And medical records show he was taking antiviral drugs that suppressed his HIV, making transmission extremely unlikely.

A national group of AIDS public health officials later submitted a brief estimating that the odds of Rhoades infecting Plendl were “likely zero or near zero.” After his lawyers petitioned the court, Rhoades’ prison sentence was changed to five years’ probation.

The man Rhoades had sex with, 22-year-old Adam Plendl, had not contracted the virus.

That’s not a surprise, because Rhoades used a condom.

More than half approved of the kind of laws that resulted in Rhoades’ sentence.

But some health and legal experts say using criminal penalties to curtail the epidemic could backfire and fuel the spread of HIV.

So relying on a partner to know, let alone disclose, their HIV status is a risky proposition.

The laws, these experts say, could exacerbate this problem: If people can be imprisoned for knowingly exposing others to HIV, their best defense may be ignorance.

“And they lull people who are not HIV-positive — or at least think they are not HIV-positive — into believing that they don’t have to do anything.

They can just wait for their partner to reveal their status and not, instead, take steps to protect themselves.” Schoettes also says that the laws unfairly single out HIV, further stigmatizing and reinforcing misconceptions about living with the virus.

According to the CDC, 1.1 million Americans are currently living with HIV, but one-fifth of them don’t know it.

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