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Resident accused in HIV infection case

February 25, 2006

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A 29-year-old Lawrence man was booked into the Douglas County Jail this week on charges of knowingly infecting a 20-year-old woman with HIV.

The man had sexual contact with the woman the night of Jan. 2 in North Lawrence, and she reported the incident to police Jan. 19.

The man has been charged in Douglas County District Court with "exposing another to a life-threatening communicable disease," which is a felony under a 1999 Kansas law. The law also prohibits people with deadly communicable diseases to share hypodermic needles or to donate blood or organs.

The man was released from jail on bond and is scheduled to appear in court March 8.

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, there were 138 new cases of HIV infection reported statewide last year. Between five and 15 of those were in Douglas County.

Comments

keivspare 9 years, 3 months ago

Part of this article is inaccurate. "infecting a 20-year-old woman with HIV" is not quite accurate. He exposed her to HIV, but it takes 6 months for tests to conclusively show whether or not she contracted the virus.

He knew he had HIV and didn't tell her before having unprotected sex. That's the crime.

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