Florida: Woman Charged With Criminally Transmitting HIV to 200 Partners
March 10, 2003
A Jacksonville, Fla., woman is facing charges that she criminally transmitted HIV to at least 200 unprotected partners. Melissa Jernigan, 24, told police that she tested positive for the virus in 1999 and continued to have unprotected sex. It is a third-degree felony in Florida, punishable by five years in prison, for an HIV-positive person to have sex with a partner without first informing them about the diagnosis. "This crime is actually in the area of attempted murder," said Sgt. H.R. Atkinson of the Duval County Sheriff's Office sex crimes unit. Jernigan was being held Friday at the John E. Goode Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Jacksonville.Adapted from:
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