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HIV-Positive Cambodian Man Sentenced to Prison For Sex With Wife

A court in Cambodia has sentenced an H.I.V.-positive man to 10 years in prison for having sex with his wife without using a condom.

Today's (Friday's) conviction is the first by Cambodia under a landmark law passed in 2003. It allows courts to jail people for 10 to 15 years for knowingly infecting or trying to infect others with the virus that causes AIDS.

The man was arrested in January after his wife complained to police that he refused to use condoms during sex, even though he had been confirmed as having H.I.V. Prosecutors said that when the wife refused sex, her husband beat and raped her.

Cambodia has one of the highest H.I.V.-AIDS infection rates in the Asia-Pacific region.

The government has been trying for several years to raise the public's H.I.V. awareness, and to increase condom use in the country's sex industry.