HIV is still a major problem in many countries around the world and Jamaica is no exception.
Approximately 1.8% of all Jamaicans (aged 15-49 [2011 est]) carry the virus so stories like the one below should serve as a wake up call to those taking unnecessary risks.
According to a report from newsone.com:
An HIV-positive Missouri man is accused of having sex more than 30 unsuspecting individuals, potentially exposing them to the disease. What’s more, prosecutors told News 4 that he videotaped some of the encounters.
Authorities in St. Charles, Mo., charged Michael Johnson (pictured), 22, with exposing sexual partners to HIV in October. During their investigation, police discovered videos of Johnson having sex with his alleged victims. Many of the videos were recorded on the campus of Lindenwood University, where Johnson was a student.
It is likely that many of the victims did not know Johnson was infected or that they were being recorded, law enforcement authorities said. St. Charles County prosecutor Tim Lohmar told News 4 that 32 videos of Johnson having sex with 31 people were found on a laptop and that many of videos were shot in his dorm room over a 4-month period.
Right now, Lohmar wants any potential victims to come forward immediately to ensure the safety of the alleged victims and those with whom they may have had a sexual encounter. Lindenwood University school officials are assisting law enforcement with identifying victims. The university said they had no idea the videos existed until recently.
“I think it’s really scary, thinking someone like that is on campus, not thinking about others,” student Jenny Counts told News 4.
Johnson is still behind bars. If convicted, he will spend the rest of his life in prison.
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