The Florida Legislature, in recognizing that it’s wrong for someone with a sexually-transmitted disease (STD) to infect someone else (particularly when the carrier is aware of the disease), passed Florida Statute 384.24. This statute criminalizes the action of knowingly creating the potential of passing an STD to a sexual partner without first informing that person of the risk and obtaining consent.
Violation of this statute is a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail.
In addition to being a crime, transmission of an STD in Florida can also be the basis for a civil lawsuit. One must prove negligence by showing defendant owed a duty of care to plaintiff, defendant breached that duty and this breach was the proximate cause of harm or injury to the plaintiff.