Athletes have been sued in the past for spreading STDs to sexual partners. The newest lawsuit to make the news involves NBA player Jamil WIlson. This suit brings to light the dangers of unprotected sex and the potential consequences of hiding your sexual health status.
In the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, a unnamed woman claims she and Wilson began dating in November of 2016. By June of 2017, the woman was diagnosed with herpes simplex 2. She has cited unprotected sex with WIlson as the source of her infection. The woman claims Wilson knew of his own herpes status and failed to disclose it to her before engaging in unprotected sexual activity with her. The official lawsuit claims Wilson is guilty of sexual battery and fraud. She claims her consent was based upon the idea that Wilson was “disease-free.” Wilson, and his agents, have yet to comment on the suit.
Jamil Wilson has been a professional basketball player since 2014. Most recently he was signed by the Los Angeles Clippers but had been waived earlier this month. He was set to sign a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday of this week, but after news of this lawsuit came out, the Lakers have since decided not to sign him.
Sharing your sexual history and your current sexual health status with any potential partners is an important way to help stop the spread of STDs and HIV. This lawsuit against Jamil Wilson, like many in the past, brings attention to the idea of honesty and consent. In this case, the woman filing suit believes she could not have truly given consent to sexual activity since she was not made aware of the risk involved. Many lawmakers nationwide have been arguing the legal definition of consent for quite some time.
If you believe that you may have been exposed to genital herpes, or any other STD, you should have STD testing performed. Many times there will be no signs or symptoms of an infection. So, testing can often be the only way to determine if you have been infected. Testing is convenient, affordable and confidential.