Florida man arrested for not disclosing his HIV status #HIV #AIDS
Enter the case of the overzealous prosecution.
The article itself is a cluster of miscues. The title itself gets the ball rolling: Fort Myers man arrested for knowingly spreading HIV. And, they don’t bother to clean up the facts as they go. The sex was consensual and protected, and an in home test showed that there was a negative result. The “victim” had sex with the accused in May and started feeling ill, then tested for positive for HIV.
If it was protected, how’d the transmission occur? An in home test for whom? If he seroconverted in May, and tested positive in August he started feeling ill? How? That’s something that’d take a while to manifest – I’m talking years. So, the “victim” takes to Craigslist to look for other “victims” and rounds up another one. Does anyone else find it obsequious that it’s just FINE to name the accused but not the victim – including publishing a picture? The same goes for not naming this accuser but going full on with naming the person arrested.
Gee – perpetuate stigma much? Cases like this are the reason that guys serosort and some flat out won’t get tested.
The victim stated on Tuesday, May 28th, he had consensual sex with James Lee Shafer Redmond, 29, of Fort Myers. In June, the victim started feeling ill and after visits with doctors and blood testing, he tested positive for HIV.
Before having sex with Redmond, the victim claimed he had not had sex with anyone since May 2013. The victim also claimed the sex was protected and an in-home test showed negative results for HIV. According to the victim, at no time did Redmond disclose that he was HIV positive prior to sexual intercourse.
The victim created a posting on Craigslist asking people about their experiences with Redmond. The sheriff’s office says several people in the Lee County area responded to the posting claiming Redmond had known about being HIV positive for two years. The victim sent a text message to Redmond confronting him about the allegations he had received from other people.
Deputies say Redmond responded to the victim admitting he had been tested positive for HIV in 2011 but claimed to have a negative test in April 2013 then another positive test on July 1, 2013.
One responder claimed he believe he contracted HIV from Redmond as well and stated his desire to press charges, according to deputies. The victim gave deputies a copy of his medical records showing the positive HIV test results.
(thumb via the linked article)