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Florida: Bail Denied for Man Accused of Not Telling Sex Partners He Has HIV

January 24, 2003

A Florida man released from jail in November on $1,000 bond, and on condition he tell sex partners that he has HIV, was sent back to jail for allegedly not disclosing his condition to a woman with whom he had unprotected sex. Louis Cecil Sanders, 32, was ordered jailed without bail Thursday pending his trial. A 22-year-old Lakeland woman told Circuit Court Judge Michael McCarthy that she had been having sex with Sanders from November until last week and that he never mentioned he has HIV. The woman, who said she sometimes had unprotected sex with Sanders, found out Sanders' serostatus when a friend showed her a newspaper article about his Nov. 7 arrest. Sanders denied having sex with the 22-year-old woman or anyone else since he was first arrested. He has passed HIV to at least three other women, according to a state attorney's office affidavit. Prosecutors have obtained permission from the court to access Sanders' medical records. Sanders' attorney, Jim Holmes, said the state has violated his client's privacy. "Assuming he's guilty," Holmes said, "it was certainly thoughtless, or reckless, but there's not any evidence he intended to infect anyone with HIV."

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01.24.03



  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 

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