HIV Positive Student Infected Over 30 Other Students

  • Tig3r

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    May 16, 2015 6:26 PM GMT
    Not sure if in the right place or not but just browsing the web!
    (Original Story: http://madamenoire.com/342611/hiv-positive-college-student/)
    Update- May 15,2015-4:34 p.m.:

    This afternoon, Michael Johnson was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison and may serve up to 60 years after being convicted on all five counts of infecting and exposing partners to HIV. If Johnson’s sentences are served concurrently he will serve 30 years; Buzzfeed News reports if his charges are served consecutively, he will serve 60 and a half years. The judge on his case, Judge Jon Cunningham will determine his official sentencing on July 13, 2015.

    Update- May 15,2015- 1:55 p.m.:

    Former college wrestler, Michael Johnson who is believed to have infected over 30 people with HIV, faces life in prison. He was found guilty on Thursday, May 14, 2015 on one count of recklessly infecting a person with HIV, one count of attempting to recklessly infect a person with HIV and three counts of recklessly exposing partners to HIV. Johnson’s trial was three days long, according to Buzzfeed News and his mother, Tracy Johnson was in attendance along with his former partner, Dylan King Lemons. The two had unprotected sex during their relationship and Lemons believes he contracted the virus from Johnson. Lemons went to the police after he noticed Johnson had active profiles on several gay hookup apps and testified against him in court.

    Missouri state law demands people who are diagnosed with HIV to disclose their status to their partners, regardless if they use protection or take medication. Johnson was diagnosed by the Missouri Department of Health with HIV on January 7, 2013. The day after Johnson received his status, he began having unprotected sex with various partners on and in the surrounding area of his college campus. Only six of Johnson’s multiple partners came forward to charge him with knowingly infecting them with HIV and other STDs.

    Original Report- January 20, 2014:

    Unfortunately, infecting people with HIV is becoming an ongoing trend. Michael Johnson, a 22-year-old Lindenwood University student and wrestler who is HIV-positive, has been sleeping with men unprotected and filming it for months. Investigators believe he could have knowingly infected more that 30 people with the virus since October.

    Police report 32 videos have been filmed on Johnson’s laptop and each flick showed him with a different sexual partner. Most of the films have been recorded in his dorm room without protection. The Daily News reports that Missouri’s St. Charles Police Department believes Johnson’s partners didn’t know Johnson has HIV nor did they know they were being filmed. St. Charles County prosecutor Tim Lohmar released a statement asking Johnson’s partners to come forward, telling Missouri’s media outlet KMOV:

    “It’s a matter not only of their individual safety but public safety as well.”

    The St. Charles Police Department has been building their case against Johnson over a five-month period. Their investigation began when a man came forward, telling police he has been diagnosed with HIV and gonorrhea after engaging in sexual activity with Johnson.


  • venue35

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    May 16, 2015 7:04 PM GMT
    Disgusting behaviour for sure off with its head
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    May 16, 2015 7:33 PM GMT
    Was he on the down low?
  • Suetonius

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    May 16, 2015 7:47 PM GMT
    Regardless of Johnson's behavior, the guys who had sex with him and got HIV are responsible for their situation. They weren't raped. It takes two to tango. They took their chances by having unprotected sex. They played Russian roulette and they got the chamber with the bullet in it. This is not 1980, and Missouri is not some backwater third world banana republic where no one has heard of AIDS. It has been in the media for 30 years now, that if you don't want to catch HIV, use protection when having sex.
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    May 16, 2015 7:50 PM GMT
    There's a couple of different views on this. Those who got it before he knew what his status was, I believe are victims of an unfortunate accident. Those who got it after he knew his status I believe are victims of malicious intent.
  • secondstartot...

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    May 16, 2015 7:50 PM GMT
    Suetonius saidRegardless of Johnson's behavior, the guys who had sex with him and got HIV are responsible for their situation. They weren't raped. It takes two to tango. They took their chances by having unprotected sex. They played Russian roulette and they got the chamber with the bullet in it. This is not 1980, and Missouri is not some backwater third world banana republic where no one has heard of AIDS. It has been in the media for 30 years now, that if you don't want to catch HIV, use protection when having sex.

    agreed ... and know your status ... I maintain you are safer having sex with a guy who knows he is Undetectable than someone who has no idea
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    May 16, 2015 8:02 PM GMT
    Pazzy, I would agree that the laws under which this guy was punished are terrible, and the products of bigotry. But, this is Missouri after all - not an exemplar of 20th century liberalism. Applying such punishment only to HIV transmission is terribly unfair, and the sentence seems to be unduly harsh. But he is not likely to get anywhere arguing in federal courts that the law or his sentence was unconstitutional. The supreme court doesn't overturn laws or verdicts because they are unfair (and this is not cruel or unusual punishment). States have the right to enact unfair laws. A lot of law is unfair, and unfairly enforced. That is the nature of Anglo-American law, and has been so since William conquered England in 1066. Law only provides the pretense of fairness.
  • venue35

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    May 16, 2015 8:28 PM GMT
    It takes two to tango baby!!!
    Never party without your party hat!!!
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    May 16, 2015 10:31 PM GMT
    Honestly, everyone is responsible for protecting themselves, that is not ever in question or disputed. At the same time, anyone who has any STD should disclose it, but there are guys who are afraid of hearing the word "no", so they choose not to disclose it. And there are those who intentionally infect others. The bottom line is, everyone should know and disclose their status before engaging in any sexual activity, plus use protection. That is the smart thing to do. I do not feel sorry for this guy, he is clearly not some innocent victim who did this by accident.

    http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/ex-lindenwood-wrestler-guilty-of-exposing-sex-partner-to-hiv/article_d91559d4-a26b-517b-8bf2-a9a1d4e5b435.html

    articleIn closing arguments, Assistant Prosecutor Phil Groenweghe told jurors that Johnson knew he was HIV-positive, yet when his sexual partners asked him about his status, he lied to them and said he was disease-free.

    Johnson manipulated many of them into not using condoms, putting the men at significant risk of being infected, Groenweghe said.

    “What we have here is a perfect storm of malice,” said Groenweghe.


    Again, his partners should have used protection, but it's still pretty awful that he lied.

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    May 16, 2015 10:42 PM GMT
    I guess he's gonna get his wish...free meds for life in prison, as opposed to expensive meds for life as a free man.
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    May 17, 2015 3:05 PM GMT
    My initial thoughts were this guy went out and willfully had sex with partners after finding out he was HIV positive!? The audacity.

    After giving it some thought, I further question if he actually intentionally infected his sexual partners after the diagnosis or if this was failure to disclose due to fear of rejection... not sure which is the case in this instance.


    Pazzy-- I only agree with the 4th point you made, the men who chose to engage in bareback sex took a risk in doing so. In essence they truly are partially to blame. However Johnson knew he was infected with HIV and did not share that knowledge with his potential partners. Regardless of Johnson color or not this is a serious offense that can affect the events of a persons life. As far as color and HIV shaming are concerned, it's hard argument to make.
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    May 17, 2015 7:08 PM GMT
    He's a bitter ass and those 30 victims are irresponsible fools.
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    May 17, 2015 8:36 PM GMT
    Suetonius said
    ...Missouri is not some backwater third world banana republic where no one has heard of AIDS. It has been in the media for 30 years now, that if you don't want to catch HIV, use protection when having sex.

    Actually in terms of sexual education in schools (or lack thereof) many US States today are exactly no better than some Third World backwaters, perhaps worse. States where the only thing students are taught is abstinence and nothing about the mechanisms of contagion and protection. So how are they supposed to know these things if it's deliberately kept from them?

    And when Johnson was informed of his HIV status was he told what is meant, his danger to others with infection, was he briefed on proper safe sex measures, and told the Missouri law requiring notification of his sex partners? I know about ignorance of the law not being an excuse, but if he was only attending college in Missouri and raised elsewhere, or not having been informed in a Missouri high school, how does he know to acquire this information?

    I also know some of his victims stated they had asked him his status, which he denied. Well, if they knew enough to ask him (which might be untrue as their revenge, and to exculpate themselves), then why didn't they know enough to require him to wear a condom? Did he fully comprehend how infectious he already was, or did he think the could wait until symptoms developed, hence his seeming rush to have more sex.

    I've told this story here before. My husband overheard 2 young guys talking next him at a gay bar. One was bragging about all the anal sex he'd had the weekend before. His buddy asked him if he used a condom. No, he replied, I don't need to. Only guys 35 and older get HIV. icon_eek.gif

    My husband almost fell off his stool, and immediately interrupted their conversation to provide the true facts about HIV transmission. The young guy talking had never heard those facts in school. And now he was spreading that misinformation among his peers. Yes, people really are that ignorant about HIV & AIDS. Hell, many think they're the same condition, the terms interchangeable.

    I've likewise posted before how I was attending a cocktail party in this area, and a well-educated straight woman my age asked me, knowing I'm gay and appearing genuinely sympathetic & sincere: "How long is it before a gay person develops AIDS?" Again: icon_eek.gif

    So I'm not sure we have all the facts in this case, and if 30-60 years is an appropriate sentence. Did Johnson have all the medical information himself, and did he fully comprehend it? I'd like to know more before rendering my own verdict.
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    May 17, 2015 10:17 PM GMT
    Art Deco musing about HIV/AIDS education is in itself an indictment of our HIV/AIDS education.


    As he said:
    "So all this BS about sex being safe with an undetectable poz guy is just medical talk dealing with controlled conditions. That has no application, bearing or relevance to the real world situations in which you & I actually operate. And such basic medical research shouldn't be misinterpreted to be providing guidance as to how gay men should behave sexually with each other."
    If Tiger Mandingo listened to your advice, there's no point in an undetectable viral load. If he had been in San Francisco when he was diagnosed, they would have immediately got him into counseling and starting ART Therapy.

    Why? because Treatment works. SF had only 300+ cases last year. And it's been going down unlike most areas in the US. They are expecting ZERO by 2020.

    Art's ignorance of TasP, PrEP, PEP, and other effective risk reductions make him no better than the comment that only gays over 35 get it, or that all gay men will eventually get it.

    https://youtu.be/mZ1bIphjxbw






    There are now at least five strategies that reasonably constitute‘safe sex’,provided that certain parameters are met.

    They are:
    1.The use of Condoms during casual encounters between men of unknown or discordant serostatus.
    2.HIV negative men taking effective pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
    3.Men living with HIV who only have sex without condoms when they have a sustained undetectable viral load (UVL) and in the absence of sexually transmissible infections (STIs).
    4.Effective use of serosorting between HIV positive men.
    5.Effective negotiated safety agreements.
    http://www.acon.org.au/sites/default/files/What-is-Safe-Sex-Position-2014.pdf

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    May 19, 2015 1:00 AM GMT
    He should of gotten life.
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    May 19, 2015 4:02 AM GMT
    Never trust the words of a homo!
  • AMoonHawk

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    May 19, 2015 5:43 AM GMT
    Never have unprotected sex unless you've married him and have both been tested at several points in the relationship. .... maybe we won't be virgins ... but we can keep something special for the wedding night and the honeymoon icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 19, 2015 5:51 AM GMT
    Cooper87 saidNever trust the words of a homo!


    Does Not Compute icon_eek.gif





    (Saw this one on Star Trek long before you were born.)
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    May 22, 2015 2:06 AM GMT
    Aunty_Jack saidHe should of gotten life.


    Why? No one was killed. If a drunk driver kills in MO it's only 7 years. HIV is considered a manageable illness now. In San Diego Guerra got 1 year after not telling and infecting a partner.

    The New York State Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court ruling that reduced the charges for a defendant who knowingly infected his partner with H.I.V., in a decision that could limit prosecutors’ ability to charge infected people who don’t disclose their status. People v. Terrance Williams, stems from a 2010 encounter between two Syracuse men.

    The appellate court that last heard the case also ruled that H.I.V. was not an automatic death sentence, in large part due to recent medical breakthroughs. The felony charge of reckless endangerment refers to an action that “creates a grave risk of death,” while the misdemeanor version is only a “substantial risk of serious injury.”

    A 7 year sentence was reduced to a misdemeanor.
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    I'm at a crossroads here. I believe everyone should disclose. Certainly Missouri is out of touch at 30+ years. I think there should be some sort of punishment. A misdemeanor is IMHO too lenient.

    Williams and Johnson KNEW they were infectious. They were tested. That is a major goal. Their behavior is inconsistent with most HIV+ men. Getting tested is the first step of the cascade to undetectable. Where was their treatment? As I mentioned above in SF people go into counseling and treatment immediately.

    People always will fall through the cracks, but less and less as treatment is more broad.
  • Goldsplatter

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    May 22, 2015 5:04 AM GMT
    Did no one else want to know what he looks like? You know, for """safety reasons""".

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    May 22, 2015 5:15 AM GMT
    Goldsplatter saidjohnson.jpg

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    *drool*