The German pop star Nadja Benaissa, was convicted for carelessly transmitting HIV through unprotected sex yesterday, and was convicted and sentenced to a two-year suspended sentence and 300 hours of community service among the HIV-positive. The singer, now 28, had unprotected sex and failed to disclose her HIV-positive status with three men when she was 17, one of whom contracted HIV.
The singer has apologized, but her HIV-positive responded by telling her, “You have borne so much suffering in the world.” Though we don’t think her crime should go unpunished, we also aren’t sure the German authorities handled the case in an appropriate manner: The star was arrested in front of her fans, and her crime (and HIV-positive status) was revealed to the public after she’d been detained for several days.
What do you think? Does she deserve harsher punishment? Better treatment?