If they gave you a sexually transmitted disease and left, we're sorry. Physically and emotionally we know nothing will ever make up for what you're going through. However, you do have legal recourse if you're an Idaho resident.

Idaho Law Addresses Irresponsible Intercourse

According to Chapter 39, Health & Safety, of the Idaho Legislature, intentionally infecting someone with a sexually transmitted disease is a punishable offense.

Syphilis, gonorrhea, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), chlamydia and hepatitis B virus (HBV), hereinafter designated as venereal diseases, are hereby declared to be contagious, infectious, communicable and dangerous to public health; and it shall be unlawful for anyone infected with these diseases or any of them to knowingly expose another person to the infection of such diseases.


Can I Sue My Ex-Partner for Giving Me an STD?

In short, yes. You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who didn't know it's wrong to knowingly transmit an STD. But according to LegalMatch, the choice to pursue legal action against the person who intentionally infected you is not to be taken lightly.

In order to win a lawsuit against someone for giving you herpes, chlamydia, genital warts, HIV/AIDS, or another sexually transmitted disease, you need evidence linking catching the disease to the person who gave it to you.


If you're able to prove your case, the defendant stands to face a number of serious charges in Idaho court that can include battery, assault, and murder if you contract a terminal STD because of them.

If you're looking for an example, take a look at the summary of Idaho's 1993 Neal v. Neal

There's Free STD Testing & HIV Resources in Boise

Finding out you have a sexually transmitted disease is a devastating, life-altering experience no one deserves.

A lack of health insurance is no reason to go without critical medical attention. If you're in need of testing for HIV, Syphilis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Hepatitis C, Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV & AIDS (also known as a.l.p.h.a.), is Idaho's "premier community-based" non-profit STD health clinic. In addition to STD testing, the non-profit provides an array of incredible services:

  • Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS through the Idaho Housing & Finance Association;
  • a food pantry that serves HIV-positive Idahoans;
  • connections to local, affordable health organizations;
  • teleprep services;
  • and assistance informing your partner of your status.

2023 Idaho Laws You Need To Know

Okay, well... some of these laws may not affect you but there are a few laws that we'll all notice right away. Let's take a look...

Gallery Credit: Chris Cardenas

Horses Need Turn Signals: 7 of Idaho's Strangest Traffic Laws

If you're new to Idaho, welcome!

Before you buckle up and hit the road, make sure you're aware of the Gem State's strangest road rules! From school bus concerns to how to handle horses in traffic, scroll for a list of helpful things to know behind the wheel in Idaho.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Valenzuela

The Weirdest Laws in Washington Will Make You Go, "Huh?!"

🤪 Of all the crazy gin joints in the Pacific Northwest, Washington state is by far the strangest! Laws in the Evergreen State are so weird, it's difficult to believe they're real. And yet they're so very, very real!

🤳🏽 Scroll through the gallery below to gain an entirely new perspective on Washington's legislation. We promise you there's nothing like it anywhere else around here.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Valenzuela

16 of Montana's Wild & Crazy Laws

✔️ FYI: 'Big Sky Country' is big on crazy!
Surprised? So were we. After all, who expects a state with famously conservative politics and traditional values to have such colorful, crazy-@$$ laws?

PS, it bears repeating that Idaho loves Montana! The Gem State's neighbors to the southwest mirror our own penchant for bizarre laws and quirky customs!

Gallery Credit: Ryan Valenzuela

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