Angry at an ex that gave you an STD? Why not clog up the court system by filing an “I don’t appreciate those genital warts” lawsuit?
Yale freshman Karly Rossiter recently made headlines when she won a $1.5 million dollar lawsuit against an ex-boyfriend she claimed gave her HPV. “He assured me he had been tested and was clean,” she told a women’s magazine. “It’s not right. I wanted him to be held accountable.”
But here’s where it gets tricky: HPV can lie dormant in the human body for years before it becomes active, and even if their relationship was 100 percent monogamous, Rossiter or her partner could have received HPV from a prior relationship. There was no way to indisputably determine who gave Rossiter HPV, but because she only had to prove that it was more likely than not that her ex was the one who infected her, she was able to win her case without solid evidence.
Interestingly, Rossiter filed the lawsuit after the couple broke up and she found out her ex had impregnated another woman during their relationship and likely slept with countless other women. And Rossiter even admits she recalls seeing lesions on her ex’s penis while they were together (but didn’t press the topic or put their sex life on hold when he refused to talk about it).
We live in a lawsuit-happy society, and if everyone that acquired an STD decided to seek judicial vengeance on the person that gave it to them the courts would be clogged with millions of he said/she said cases (the number of lawsuits against Tommy Lee alone would turn the system upside down).
The bottom line? Rossiter–and anyone thinking of getting intimate with a new partner–may have avoided an STD by asking her ex to get tested (and offering to do so herself), rather than assuming his analysis of his health was akin to a medical professional’s. Sometimes you can do everything right and still be the recipient of an STD, but because so many STDs are preventable, people need to take responsibility for their health–and their actions.
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