Source: Middle East Monitor

An Egyptian court has ruled that a man who infected his wife with HIV without telling her he had the disease pay her one million Egyptian pounds ($64,164) in compensation.

The woman found out she had contracted the disease during routine blood tests while pregnant. Their child has also been infected.

Lawyer Omar Gohar told the state-run Ahram Online that this is the first case of a ruling in which someone has been compensated after being infected with HIV.

Despite a government strategy for the prevention and treatment of HIV, the virus which causes AIDS, Egyptians with HIV are heavily discriminated against and fear losing their jobs, homes and being disowned by their families.

Between October 2007 and April 2008 at least 12 men were arrested in Egypt on suspicion of being HIV positive and subjected to forcible HIV tests.

If they tested positive, they were chained to their beds.

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One-hundred-and-seventeen health and human rights organisations condemned the crackdown, and the participation of medical personnel.

Amnesty and Human Rights Watch said doctors helped interrogate the men, a breach of the oath they took to respect patients’ privacy when