It was recently revealed in court documents that Usher Raymond IV paid a woman $1.1 million for an STD that he passed on to her. Court papers say that Usher acquired the Herpes virus in 2009-2010 and did not reveal to the woman that he was infected before having unprotected sex. California law has statutes on transmission and exposure of an STD to an unaffected person including punishment of jail, registration to the sex offenders list and fines up to $50,000.
The documents say that the woman was diagnosed in 2012 and “Not a day has gone by where she does not feel desolation and despair about her herpes infection knowing that there is no cure,” and that “Her infection has destroyed her sense of self, wholeness, health and beauty as she fears she will never be able to have the type of relationship she had hoped for.”
According to STDCHECK.com “Symptoms of genital herpes include vesicles, sores, lesions, blisters, painful ulcers, itching and/or burning in the genital area, anus or upper thighs. Approximately two-thirds of people with genital herpes do not experience symptoms or have symptoms that are so mild they are confused with other skin conditions. In instances where symptoms are not present, genital herpes can still be transmitted.” Unprotected sex is still widely practiced, not only in the music industry, but other places in society as well.
Written by Cheryl S.
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