Ugandan Nurse Jailed For Alleged Attempt To Spread HIV

News outlets report on the sentencing of a Ugandan nurse to three years in prison for allegedly attempting to spread HIV.

Associated Press: Uganda nurse is jailed in HIV transmission case
“A Ugandan court on Monday sentenced a nurse to three years in jail after finding her guilty of criminal negligence for allegedly trying to infect her patient with HIV. The conviction came despite the work of international activist groups that had rallied in support of Rosemary Namubiru, who is 64 and HIV positive. Many Ugandans, however, see her case as a shocking example of malice or negligence by a trusted medical worker…” (Muhumuza, 5/19).

BBC News: Uganda HIV nurse Rosemary Namubiru jailed by Kampala court
“A Ugandan court has sentenced a nurse to three years in prison for negligence over the potential infection of a two-year-old boy with HIV. Rosemary Namubiru, who is HIV-positive, was criminally negligent by using an intravenous needle, that she had accidentally pricked her finger with, on the child, the court ruled…” (5/19).

TIME: Ugandan Nurse Jailed for Attempting to Spread HIV
“Rosemary Namubiru, who is HIV positive, claims she accidentally used a needle that she had pricked herself with on a baby, whose tests have not yet shown an infection as a result, but authorities accused her of malice and sentenced her to three years in jail…” (Tasch, 5/19).

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