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After a jury-waived trial, Defendant was convicted of recklessly exposing another to HIV without that person’s knowledge and consent pursuant to Mo. Rev. Stat. 191.677. Defendant was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment. Defendant appealed, arguing that, by compelling her to disclose to potential sexual partners that she has HIV, section 191.677 infringes on her constitutional rights to free speech and privacy. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) although section 191.677 may compel individuals with HIV to disclose that they have HIV under certain circumstances, the statute imposes only incidental burdens on speech and does not violate constitutional provisions protecting the freedom of speech; and (2) because section 191.677 does not criminalize consensual, non-harmful sexual conduct, Defendant’s right to privacy argument fails.