“Do you have HIV?” she wrote.
“No, why?” he answered.
This is a text excerpt from a Washington Post report involving a man who reportedly has the HIV virus and allegedly had unprotected sex with a woman he met in a Maryland bar.
Side note, if you have HIV and if you knowingly sleep with someone (and they don’t know about your illness) it is a crime.
During the text conversation, the suspect who is identified as 28-year-old Daniel Cleaves, only disclosed his status to the victim after she found out about his secret, “I’m not a bad person. I just made a mistake. I just don’t want to stop talking to you because of this,” Cleaves wrote.
It is believed, according to the Post, Cleaves had sex with the female victim, who is not identified, over a three day period in the summer. The report said the victim found out after he left a bag behind, and called to ask her to look for a document. It was during that search when she found medical records.
WJLA said the startling discovery prompted the woman to begin the texting with Cleaves. The Washington Post said she told him, “I can’t believe you didn’t tell me. I had to read it on the paper. I’m going to the hospital right now.”
The Post continued, “Court records state she has been tested but do not indicate if the results are complete or if she would test positive yet if she had been infected.”
Cleaves facing seven criminal counts of “possibly transferring the virus to her.” He’s out on bond and the next court appearance is set for Nov. 14.
To make matters even worse, staff at the Harp and Fiddle, where Cleaves picked up the victim, say he was a “familiar face” and they worry he may have hooked up with other women.
Read more: Washington Post
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