A rapist in Manchester, U.K., has about three to six nerve-wracking months until he can find out if he’s contracted the deadly HIV/AIDS virus from his victim.
Richard Thomas, 27, fainted and had to be treated after police told him about his victim’s condition, the International Business Times reported.
On July 20, Thomas reportedly forced his way into the woman’s home, whom he knew, and raped her while she slept. The Bolton News reported that he had been drinking and taking cocaine and ecstasy earlier that night.
Thomas admitted raping the woman: “She would not lie, she tells the truth. If she says I have done it, I have done it,” the International Business Times said.
Defense attorney Virginia Hayton told the Liverpool Crown Court that Thomas “is remorseful and cannot understand why he did it, and it is troubling him.”
Judge Mark Brown called Thomas’ crime a “dreadful offense” and sentenced him to five years and four months in prison.
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The U.S. government website AIDS.gov says that the timeframe “between when you are exposed to HIV to the time you test positive for HIV antibodies can be up to 3-6 months. This period of time is called a ‘window period’ for HIV testing.”