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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
Arrest Made Under New AIDS Law

August 30, 1988
Associated Press (08/30/88)

Charleston County police made their first arrest last week under a new South Carolina law making it illegal for an HIV-positive person to knowingly expose another person without warning them. James Michael Pittman faces a felony count with a possible penalty of a $5,000 fine and 10 years years in jail. A circuit court judge signed an order last Friday to allow the release of state Department of Health and Environemental Control records of Pittman's test. Lowcountry District of Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services Director Joe Hall called the arrest an "awful precedent." Hall said he was concerned that the new law would prevent people from being tested. The cases of people who knowingly spread the virus should be reviewed by a team of workers from several agencies to determine what type of treatment they need, Hall said. The AIDS worker says the law is a sign people still think "we can track AIDS down and nail it and kill it. That's not going to happen."