HIV-positive man ordered to stop spreading virus

A Seattle judge has ordered an HIV-positive man to stop spreading the disease and to seek treatment after he infected eight people in four years.

The man, known only as “AO” in court documents, is required to show up for counselling and to protect future sexual partners.

Officials maintain they are not trying to criminalise sexual activity but to protect public health.

The man could face fines or jail time if he does not comply.

About 50,000 people in the US are newly infected with HIV every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). About 16% of the 1.1 million people living with the virus do not know they are infected.

AO tested positive for HIV in 2008 and spread the virus to at least eight people in 2010-14, according to court documents viewed by local news media.

He had done so despite receiving HIV counselling – including how to practise safe sex – five times.

In a statement, the King County Public Health department said it had only sought a cease-and-desist order against an HIV-positive individual once before, in 1993.

“We’re not trying to criminalise sexual behaviour here,” Dr Matthew Golden, director of public health at the county’s HIV programme, told the Seattle Times.

“We are trying to protect the public’s health. And we’re trying to make sure that everyone gets the care they need, including the person involved in this.” (BBC)

16 Responses to HIV-positive man ordered to stop spreading virus

  1. Walter Greene
    Walter Greene September 13, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Ordered to stop? He should be charged with 8 counts of attempted murder for knowingly spreading HIV, as some countries do.

  2. Sylvia Mayers
    Sylvia Mayers September 13, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    2014 and people still having unprotected sex.

  3. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder September 13, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Human behavior don’t surprise me anymore we or living in hell on earth,when a human can think like that towards other humans, Ooo Lord save Us….

  4. Heather L Springer
    Heather L Springer September 13, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Cut it off that’ll soon stop him

  5. Michele Brown
    Michele Brown September 13, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    8 counts of attempted murder and expose his name that should stop him. In my opinion this man lost all privilege of privacy after infecting 1 person.
    Instead a slap on the wrist and leaving the trust in his hands. Protecting the criminal instead of the victim as per usual.

  6. Kris Julin
    Kris Julin September 13, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    The judges are to blame

  7. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer September 13, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    He won’t.

  8. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer September 13, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    He won’t.

  9. Natalie Moore
    Natalie Moore September 14, 2014 at 4:26 am

    Simple solution CASTRATION

  10. jr smith September 14, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Just like most black people, blame the judge. not the nasty permiscuiousness which cause the problem , so typical.
    But, he should be named with his picture

  11. Randy Forde September 14, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Put that nasty man picture up, put up his address so that people will know who he is, He is walking aroung with a deadly weapon and he should be quaranteine , Judges /police they don’t care.

  12. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 14, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Stupid ruling he should be lockup justice system just pathetic to say the least.

  13. Jewel Forde
    Jewel Forde September 14, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Ordered to stop? The man is the modern day equivalent of Typhoid Mary! He should have been arrested and charged after the first person he knowingly infected! Now 8 people later the court is “ordering him to stop”? What madness is this?

  14. Kathy Dottin
    Kathy Dottin September 14, 2014 at 11:25 pm


  15. Shennel Anita Hunte
    Shennel Anita Hunte September 15, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Ummm in Canada this is illegal and he would be charged with murder. Willingly exposing other people to this without a warning. Catch on Barbados. The problem isn’t gonna solve itself ESP when you deal with people who clearly don’t respect the help they were receiving.


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