CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update Prostitute in Jail After AIDS Report
July 15, 1990
New York Times (07/15/90), P. 12
Oakland, Calif., police arrested Linda Kean, a prostitute, after she
appeared in a Newsweek article saying she worked while infected with HIV.
Although Kean now denies her infection, police will try to have her
charged with attempted murder. Kean is now in Alameda County jail. A
recent state law requires health departments to test convicted
prostitutes for HIV, but the Alameda County Health Department does not do
such testing. Robert Benjamin, director of the health department, called
Kean's arrest "scapegoating" and a "witch hunt," and said HIV testing of
prostitutes sends a false message that hookers on the street have been
"tested and are clean."