X, 32, is in the Montgomery County Regional Jail under $500,000 bond for a felony prostitution charge. The majority of prostitution-related charges are misdemeanors. Being HIV-positive, however, elevates the charge to a felony.
“As of March, we had 49 confirmed HIV-positive prostitutes in the city of Dayton,” Lt. Brian Johns, head of the narcotics and vice unit, said Thursday. Johns said every person, beginning in 2005, convicted of prostitution-related charges is ordered by the court to be tested for HIV. It is unclear how many of the convicted prostitutes, who tested positive, continue in the sex trade.