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German Girl Band Star Faces Jail For Infecting a Man With HIV

Nadja Benaissa, pictured here on the far right, may find herself off of center stage and in jail. The German pop star has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm by infecting a man with HIV. This does not sound like something you want to go through in the media spotlight.

Nadja is 26 and a mom. She rose to fame when she and four other women won the first series of Germany's Popstars in 2000. They went on to sell millions of records and top the charts as the band No Angels.

Now Nadja faces charges of having unprotected sex with three people between 2004 and 2006, without telling them she had HIV. She could face 10 years in prison.

Thirty-two US states criminalized passing HIV, and in some countries intentional transmission leads to life in prison.

Do you think Nadja should go to jail, or was it her partners' obligations to protect themselves?


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hills hills 8 years
that is unforgivable at its highest point, if she knew thats just so horrible, i feel really sorry for the fact she has it bless her, but to pass it on to others knowing you have it, i wonder how much guilt she is going to feel for the rest of her life. thats awful.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
This is really f@cked up.
lindssaurussss lindssaurussss 8 years
both. but thats so sad. giving HIV is giving a life sentence.
tyffi tyffi 8 years
"After all she is a wealth, famous popstar here and the stupidest of men would sleep with her despite her HIV status. " Last time I've heard of her, she said she was 200,000€ minus... Anyway, don't judge anyone by theor appearance. No one has written "HIV+" across their forehead. Use condoms!
Meike Meike 8 years
For all we know, she could have disclosed to the guy that she was HIV positive prior to having sex with him and he lied about accepting the risk. I'm not about to condemn the artist for something we do not know the intimate details about. After all she is a wealth, famous popstar here and the stupidest of men would sleep with her despite her HIV status.
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
Both parties are at fault. Obviously the men are going to be living with and dying by their errors in judgement. She definitely deserves punishment. I also appreciate that this is an international news item, as people really need wake-up calls to be more vehement about protecting themselves!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Personal responsibility absolutely comes into account, and believe me, I'm sure they learned their lesson. But she definitely needs to be punished for this. It is tantamount to giving someone a smallpox infected blanket. It's a deliberate act of malicious agression.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
Both. Nadja should have been a grown-up and been up front about her status with all of her sexual partners - let them make the decision to continue or not. Maybe she didn't want it to get out because she's famous, but with the status comes responsibility. But all those guys are at fault too, because they didn't ask/take any precautions. That's why you can't just jump in bed with people [whether you're male or female]. You're responsible for your own health.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
If she knew she was hiv+ had unprotected sex and made no disclosure to her partners than yes she should be held accountable. How accountable is up to the Judge(s) because we don't know if he/they (her partners) asked her and she said No or if there was no discussion at all about STD status. I feel that if they did not ask her than the blame should be shared however if she out right lied in the face of someone who is being responsible and trying to protect themselves than that is a more sinister matter. IMO when you have two consenting adults who know they're not talking about it that is a mutual agreement that they are accepting all the risk that they are about to enter into together and I think that the powers that be in Germany should take that into consideration but certainly not let her off the hook. It is very important for us to ask. Some of you who've had profiles on here long enough can recall that I'm hiv+ and I'm positive because I was young and stupid thought I was invincible and didn't ask. Luckily nearly twelve years later I'm fit as a fiddle undetectable and never been sick. In the begining I never had to deal with the whole disclosure thing because right after I was diagnosed I met my partner for the next few years who had already been poz for ten years. By the time I was released back into the dating pool times had changed at least here in the U.S. in the gay community. HIV was way less stigmatized and most men were educated which brought some level of comfort to the subject when you brought it up. Yeah a few men said no thanks but most said sure I don't have a problem with it so my sex life has never suffered do to disclosure. Education is the key in this matter and we have to understand that the less we stigmatize the matter the easier it will be for people to disclose what they should be disclosing in the first place but if we can make it a little easier for them to do so then let's do it cause it helps everyone.
tyffi tyffi 8 years
You know the difference between HIV and AIDS, right?! Anyway, of course she has to get punished. I mean, when you run around, shooting people no one would ask whether or not you should be punished. And, of course, the guy is responsible, too. It's just idiotic to have sex these days without using condoms. Playing Russian Roulette is less risky.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
Hey myst- who is that in your pic?
Calimie Calimie 8 years
When are people going to start using condoms?! I read recently that people were stopping because AIDS treatments got better. I just can't believe it. She should face jail time if she knew she had AIDS and did nothing to protect others, I don't have a doubt about that.
Roarman Roarman 8 years
What was she doing having unprotected sex with random men anyway? Yuck. And why aren't men wearing condoms? Seriously. HIV is a completely preventable disease.
Myst Myst 8 years
the guilt goes both ways in this case.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Her partners should have protected themselves. Personal responsibility people. Yes, she should have told them she tests positive for HIV, but most people don't even want to tell someone they have syph. Now I will say if she did it intentionally and maliciously, then that's a horse of a different color.
zeze zeze 8 years
HELL YA! Both parties should get the punishment, one gets HIV and one should enjoy a long stay at the local state prison. This isnt too different than poisoning someone's drink!
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
Yes and Yes to both questions. You should always protect yourself during sex. The fact that she allegedly thought that it was OK to sleep with men without protection is disgusting. You already know from firsthand accounts how this disease kills and you have no problem spreading that death. That is sick.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
Absolutely protect yourself, when will people learn this? It doesn't matter if you've known the person for years, HIV positive is not scrawled across people's foreheads.
girlgreen girlgreen 8 years
Her partners should share some of the responsibility for what happened, and they will - they have to live with HIV for the rest of their lives. She should absolutely be punished if it can be proven that she knew of her status and didn't disclose it.
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