Global News (03.26.13)
Referring to public reaction over news that a New Brunswick resident has tested HIV-positive and admitted to being a frequent user of a Web site that facilitates anonymous sexual encounters, Deby Warren, executive director of AIDS Moncton, said a March 25 public health warning about possible HIV exposure should serve as a wake-up call rather than an opportunity to pass judgment. Dr. Eilish Cleary, chief medical officer for the Canadian province, urged individuals who have anonymous sex to be tested. Officials believed that the individual had approximately two dozen sexual partners within the province, mostly through connections with the Web site Manhunt. Cleary said they were working with Manhunt, which was cooperating, to identify those who might be at risk, and were attempting to send a message to them through the Web site. New Brunswick has one of the lower rates of HIV in Canada, with 1.4 cases per 100,000 individuals.