Every sexually active individual has a responsibility to undergo regular testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in order to protect themselves and others.
The failure to know (or reasonably know) about their STD status, and to inform their sexual partners about their status, is a crime in California.
Below, we discuss how to prove someone transmitted an STD to you.
Identifying an STD Transmission
Due to the nature of STDs, it’s often difficult to determine exactly when a transmission happened. Some STDs do not present symptoms until weeks, months, or even years after the initial infection.
This is why regular STD testing is important and can help you more easily identify who transmitted the disease to you.
For example, getting tested every time after gaining a new sexual partner can help you determine whether it’s more or less likely that an STD was transmitted by that person, or by a previous sexual partner. Regular STD testing helps form a timeline to help you better identify the guilty sexual partner.
Additionally, it’s a good idea to retain any and all forms of communication you have with sexual partners to use as evidence down the line. Perhaps you discussed the STD transmission with your sexual partner in an email or text message chain and they admitted they had an infection they failed to disclose to you.
In this situation, it’s in your best interest to contact an experienced attorney who can help you gather the necessary evidence to prove your case.
At KMD Law, we can help you seek justice against a willfully negligent or misleading sexual partner. Our team works hard to prove the validity of your claim while preserving your privacy. We’re backed by decades of experience and have handled many privacy-sensitive cases with successful conclusions.
Contact KMD Law to schedule a confidential consultation.