The news headlines in New York this morning are screaming that former Mets baseball player Robbie Alomar had AIDS.
Ilya Dall wants $15 million from Almoar for having unprotected sex with her when, she alleges, he knew he was infected with the AIDS virus:
The court papers outline the couple’s relationship, starting in 2002. A month after they began dating, Alomar convinced Dall to have unprotected sex and assured her he was disease-free, the suit alleges.
In 2004, Dall says she noticed cold sores in his mouth. In 2005, after a physical exam ordered by the Tampa Bay Rays, he was diagnosed with thrombocytopenia purpura, a blood disorder sometimes linked to HIV, she claims.
The doctor told him to have an HIV test and he refused, she says, stating he had been tested and was AIDS-free. In April 2005, Alomar told Dall he was suffering from erectile dysfunction and confided “he was raped by two Mexican men after playing a ballgame in New Mexico or a Southwestern state when he was 17,” the suit says.
It goes on to say that around the same time Alomar developed a persistent cough and was bedridden with extreme fatigue. He developed thrush, a yeast infection, and was told by a doctor to take an HIV test – but refused, Dall claims. “I don’t have HIV,” he told her repeatedly, the suit charges.
A few months later, the couple moved to Cleveland, where Alomar supposedly tested positive. Dall claims that after she learned Alomar had AIDS, she tested negative and no longer had unprotected sex with him.
What responsibility do we owe to each other when we are infected with AIDS or Herpes or any other virus than can adversely affect the body?
Does the risk of revelation belong to the infected or the unwitting innocent?