I was doing my homework about disclosures on stigmatized property for my real estate law class. In real estate certain things have to be disclosed to a buyer about a property, usually things that would have an impact on the health of an occupant, so things like defective Chinese drywall or if a house was used as a meth lab. Other things are not required to be disclosed if they are not material to the condition of a house, such as if a murder or suicide happened there or if a house is reputed to be haunted, and those things are often covered by law that even if those things are not disclosed the seller can’t be held liable for any damages arising from not disclosing them, because by nature they cannot cause direct harm. (On an amusing side note, the law uses very careful language to describe a haunting without speaking to the existence of the supernatural.) Often one of the things that a seller could not be held liable for not disclosing is whether or not the occupant had HIV. This was the law in Virginia… until this past March. That part of the bill was amended and the language regarding HIV was removed.
tl:dr My stupid state made it so ignorant assholes can file a lawsuit against you if have HIV and sell your house and didn’t tell the buyer and “damages” arise from that non-disclosure.
My only solace is that all it really means is that even though the buyer is not automatically prevented from filing a suit, it doesn’t mean they automatically win if they do.