September 11, 2013 at 4:00 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Gay Missouri man charged with spreading HIV
David Mangum, HIV, gay news, Washington Blade

Prosecutors in rural Missouri have charged David Mangum with exposing his partner to HIV. (Photo courtesy of Dexter, Mo. Police Department)

NEW YORK — Prosecutors in rural Missouri have charged a gay man with exposing his partner to HIV and say he may have exposed about 300 other people as well, CNN and other outlets reported last week.

David Mangum told police he had “at least” that many unprotected sexual encounters with people he met online or in parks since he was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 2003, CNN reported citing Detective Sgt. Corey Mills of Dexter, Mo.

Mangum was arrested after his former partner told police Mangum had lied to him about his status, CNN said citing a police affidavit. Mangum was arraigned last week in Stoddard County, about 160 miles south of St. Louis. The former partner, only identified by initials in the report, tested positive for HIV, police said.

Knowingly exposing someone to HIV without his or her consent is a felony under Missouri law and can bring prison terms of 15 years. Infecting someone can bring a life term, CNN said.

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