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    Tue, 17 Aug 2010 12:13:26

    German Pop Star Nadja Benaissa Admits She Had Unprotected Sex While Knowing Her HIV-Positive Status - She is being sued by a man she infected

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    28-year-old Nadja Benaissa, a member of German girl band No Angels, admitted in court on Monday that she had unprotected sex while knowing she was infected with HIV. The singer is charged with grievous bodily harm for allegedly infecting a partner with the virus in 2004 and also faces charges of attempted bodily harm for having unprotected sex with two other men. I am in shock over the fact that someone could knowingly have unprotected sex while aware of her HIV status. The moral repercussions here are staggering to me.

    "I am sorry from my heart," she said in a statement read by her lawyer to the Darmstadt administrative court. "No way did I want my partner to be infected." Really? This is a tough one to swallow, and please, dear reader, no pun intended there.

    The man who claims Benaissa infected him says they had a three-month relationship at the beginning of 2004, and that he got tested after Benaissa's aunt asked him in 2007 whether he was aware that the singer was HIV-positive. Prosecutors say Benaissa had known she was HIV-positive since 1999. Ouch. That's some seriously bad karma for Benaissa to continue to engage in unprotected relations while knowing her HIV status.

    Benaissa was arrested in April 2009 and kept in custody for 10 days, a move that a German AIDS awareness group criticized. The Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe group argued that the question of whether her partners also carried a share of the responsibility had been neglected.

    You may not know much about No Angels in the US, but the group sold more than five million albums before breaking up in 2003.They like the music of David Hasselhoff and John Tesh in Germany. That's all I have to say about German musical tastes.

    What do you think of the singer's horrifically irresponsible and immoral actions? Or do you think there is another side to this story?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    08.17.10




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