"Ninety-nine percent of the people who find themselves in (her) situation simply wring their hands and do nothing," Vogt said. " After Judge David Rees read the jury's verdict, the woman stood up and looked as if she were straining to hold back tears."They know if they file a lawsuit, it's going to be hotly contested. It's going to be massively unpleasant." Vogt asked jurors to establish a standard by sending a message that in a "civilized society" sex partners must tell one another if they have an STD, and that relationships must not "be governed by the law of the jungle." Defense attorney Shawn Lillegren tried to chip away at the woman's credibility by arguing that she was lying about her sexual history and may have had sex with other men who gave her the disease. "The point is she is not some little innocent victim." Lillegren also painted the woman as a money-hungry. As jurors filed out of the courtroom, she held their gaze and mouthed words of gratitude as they passed.The 49-year-old Beaverton divorcee was impressed when she met a 69-year-old Southeast Portland man on the Internet dating website e Harmony. They had a lot in common, including that she was a dental hygienist and he was a retired dentist. After enduring repeated painful outbreaks of the disease and spiraling into clinical depression, she filed a lawsuit.On the fourth date -- an evening that included hors d'oeuvres, wine and a few puffs of pot -- the two had sex. Last week after a four-day trial, a Multnomah County jury awarded her nearly every dollar she was asking for: 0,000 for her pain and suffering.In the case of the retired dentist, the Washington County district attorney's office declined to prosecute, figuring it would not be able to prove the case "beyond a reasonable doubt" -- a higher standard than in a civil suit.During last week's trial, the woman's attorney, Randall Vogt, said his client had received a clean bill of health in January 2010 and then had sex with the retired dentist for one time on May 25, 2010.I dont want to cut him off because i really like him & appreciate his honesty. He will know when he feels it coming on and just don't do it during that time and when there are any visible signs. Being in a blended family is insanely difficult and can reach nightmare proportions quicker than most people would believe. I wouldn't date someone with a recurring STI like herpes, especially not now that I'm a mom. I have herpes and want to let you know that it isn't as big of a deal as it is made out to be. Now you'll have it and men aren't as accepting as women are when it comes to these things. 1 out of 5 people do so it's great he was up front about it.
Jurors were asked to ponder fundamental questions about dating and sex in today's times: Was the man obligated to tell his date that he had genital herpes before they had unprotected sex?His attorney argued that the woman was careless -- that she should have demanded he wear a condom because without one "everyone knows you're at risk for an STD." "Grow up. As i single mom & finally opening the door for love. There is no reason to sleep with him right away, take your time and get to know him first. You are at risk of getting it, then what if it doesn't work out??I would not add the stress of an STI to the stress of a potential future blended family. There is a huge negative stigma surrounding the virus. I got the herpesvirus when I was 19 years old, I am 31 now.