CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News UpdateMISSOURI: Police: HIV-Positive Man May Have Exposed 300 Partners
By Melanie Eversley
September 5, 2013
USA Today (09.05.2013)
On August 28, the Dexter, Mo., Police Department arrested an HIV-infected man who may have “recklessly” infected more than 300 sexual partners while “knowingly infected” with HIV. The individual did not inform his sexual partners, many of whom he met through the Craigslist online classified site, that he had been infected with HIV since 2003.The arrest came after the suspect’s former sexual partner received an HIV diagnosis and filed a complaint with the Dexter Police Department. According to an affidavit filed by Detective Cory Mills, the suspect had assured his former partner before they had sex that the suspect had no STDs. The two men met on Craigslist and lived together from November 2012 to June 2013, when the complainant found out the suspect also was having sexual intercourse with other partners.
Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver recommended that anyone who had sex with the suspect or who had met an anonymous sexual partner on Craigslist should cease sexual activity and have an HIV test immediately. Based on the suspect’s statement, police reported that 50–60 of the suspect’s sexual partners could be from Stoddard County.