Man appeals HIV notification law conviction

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Plainfield man with HIV sentenced to 25 years in prison for failure to notify his sex partner he carried the virus has had his appeal case argued before the Iowa Court of Appeals.

Nick Rhoades had pleaded guilty to failing to disclose his HIV status before having sex with a Cedar Falls man in June 2008.

His attorneys argued Wednesday the contact was consensual, Rhoades used a condom, and HIV was not transmitted.

Rhoades’ attorneys say he should not have been advised to plead guilty because he lacked the intent to spread HIV required to be proven by state law.

Rhoades is on probation after his sentence was earlier reduced but he had to register as a sex offender for life and wants his conviction overturned.

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