GCHD issues warning to AIDS patient’s uniformed partners

GENESEE COUNTY — The Genesee County Health Department has been working with the Genesee County Sheriffs Department and the Genesee County Prosecutors Office, investigating claims that an HIV-positive man did not reveal his HIV status with a sexual partner as required by Michigan law.

Police say the suspect, Johnnie Peters, 44, from Flint, made statements that suggested he has had sexual relations with multiple partners.

The man is charged with failing to disclose his HIV status to sexual partners, a felony.

The Genesee County Health Department is aggressively investigating the allegations, tracking down potential victims and encouraging HIV testing for any individuals who believe they may have been exposed to the suspect. Due to federal HIPAA laws, the health department will not provide additional information about potential victims.

While the threat of transmission varies based on the activity, this is an extremely serious public health concern. Anyone who is concerned should have his or her HIV status tested.

GCHD provides quick, safe, anonymous and confidential testing. Please call the Health Department Adult Teen Health Services Clinic at (810) 257-3139 for more information.

Unfortunately, many of those who are infected with HIV are unaware of their status, and may unknowingly transmit the virus to others.

The Genesee County Health Department offers free HIV counseling and testing year-round, Monday, Thursday and Friday, by walk-in, from 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. and Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m.

The test can be done through a rapid test, which produces results in just 30 minutes. Partner counseling and referral services also are available. The clinic may close early due to client volume.

Details: Call 810-257-3139. — G.G.

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