06/05/2012 12:55 EDT | Updated 08/05/2012 05:12 EDT

Oregon Woman Herpes Lawsuit: Woman Awarded $900,000 In lawsuit

PORTLAND, Ore. - An Oregon jury has awarded $900,000 to a 49-year-old woman who claimed that a 69-year-old Portland man intentionally gave her a sexually transmitted disease after they met on an online dating website.

The Oregonian reports ( ) that it was the first time that a case of a person suing another for intentionally transmitting genital herpes went to trial in Oregon, according to lawyers. They say similar cases have been settled out of court.

The man testified he didn't know he was contagious. His lawyer argued that she was lying about her sexual history and may have had sex with other men who gave her the disease.

The woman from Beaverton, Ore., sued after she suffered repeated painful outbreaks of the disease. The jury award was for pain and suffering.


Information from: The Oregonian,