HIV Positive German Pop Star Who Had Unprotected Sex With Three Men And Infected One, Apologizes

Aug 16th, 2010 | By healthnews | Category: Health

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Article Date: 16 Aug 2010 – 9:00 PDT

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A German pop star, Nadja Benaissa, 28, from the band No Angels apologized for having unprotected sex with three men and infecting one of them – she had not told them she was HIV positive. Benaissa is facing a charge of grievous bodily harm for infecting one man and attempting bodily harm with two other men who were not infected (attempted aggravated assault for unprotected sex with three men).

She faces a possible prison sentence of between six months and 10 years. The trial at the District Court of Darmstadt is before a judge and two lay people.

German news agency DAPD issued a statement from Benaissa’s legal representative in which she admits to not handling the HIV virus properly, and admitting she had had unprotected sex.

Benaissa told justices at the District Court of Darmstadt:

I am sorry with all my heart. (I was) careless during those days. In no way did I want my partner to be infected.

Benaissa was arrested in Frankfurt in April, 2009 just before a scheduled solo concert. She was held in custody for ten days. One of her sexual partners had made a complaint about her to the police in 2008.

Prosecutors said Benaissa has known she is HIV-positive since 1999. The infected man, a former lover and a co-claimant, said she infected him in 2004. He is due to appear in court. (A claimant is a person who brings a civil action in a court of law; also known as a plaintiff )

In November, 2009, during an AIDS charity gala in Berlin, Benaissa declared in front of her audience that she was HIV positive.

Sources say Benaissa is calling in HIV expert Professor Dr Josef Eberle, the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany. He is expected to say that she was infected by another sexual partner. She says she was unaware of her HIV status until she had a pregnancy test in 2000, and that she was “totally surprised”.

As the infection occurred when she was 17, Benaissa is appearing before a juvenile court. The court heard she had had sexual intercourse with the three men up to five times between the years 2000 and 2004.

No Angels is Germany’s most successful girl band. In 2008 they competed in the Eurovision Song Contest (came 23rd).

Written by Christian Nordqvist

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