With the exception of one irregular Pap smear in 2002, she had a clean bill of health and had never tested positive for STDs.
Rossiter recalls Evans following suit, saying he'd been in a sexual "dry spell" for six months and had also never had any STDs. For that first New Year's Eve date, the budding couple stayed in: "We got cuddly on the couch," Rossiter says.
When I asked why, he just said it would be a good idea." Within days, Rossiter paid a visit to her gynecologist to be tested for human papilloma virus, the sexually transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer. But she could never have predicted how their romance would end: with her life turned upside down, and Rossiter herself at the center of a high-stakes court case that could have ripple effects for men and women nationwide.Meanwhile, all signs suggested that their relationship was fast deteriorating.Evans didn't accompany Rossiter to the LEEP procedure.According to his court testimony, Evans told her that he didn't need to be treated because, among other things, he doesn't have a vagina. He weakened who I was as a person."But she wouldn't stand by him much longer.And he told Rossiter something that shocked her: He'd recently slept with a girl named Sasha,* but couldn't remember if it had happened before they'd started dating. By January 2006, almost exactly a year since the two started sleeping together, Rossiter was diagnosed with symptoms of two types of HPV: genital warts—she thought she'd seen similar lesions on Evans' penis, but says he refused to talk about them—and severe dysplasia (precancerous cells on the cervix). Rossiter was immediately scheduled for LEEP surgery—a painful procedure in which a metal wire with an electrical current is passed along the cervix, cutting out precancerous cells.