US: Woman arrested in Georgia for allegedly having a sexual relationship without disclosing her status

Arrest

Newnan woman arrested for not disclosing HIV status

August 4, 2020
Source: The Newnan Times-Herald

Police arrested a Newnan woman who is accused of having sex without disclosing that she’s HIV positive.

The woman, 25, is charged with two counts of reckless conduct by someone with HIV.

The incident occurred in the spring of 2020 when she reportedly agreed to a sexual relationship with the two victims, but failed to disclose her HIV status, according to the police report.

Later, a friend of the victims told them X. was HIV positive, and when they confronted her, she confirmed the information, according to the report.

X. was arrested on July 31 and released the following day on a $5,700 bond.

Under current Georgia law, it is a crime for people living with HIV to have sex or donate blood without disclosing their status. It’s a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

State law also criminalizes spitting at or using bodily fluids on a law enforcement officer by a person living with HIV, an offense that can carry up to 20 years in prison.