Grand Rapids Man Found Guilty For Having Sex Without Disclosing HIV Status

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MerithewNewMugGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Jeremy Merithew was found guilty on Wednesday for having sex without disclosing his HIV status.

Merithew was found guilty on two counts of not disclosing his status and a third for using a computer to commit a crime.
Prosecutors said he went looking for sexual relations without telling that partner purposely that he was HIV positive. Sentencing will be June 17th 2013

During the trial the man Merithew had sex with in 2012 took the stand to testify that he was exposed without knowing Merithew’s status.

Investigators said Merithew met the man on the gay dating website, The witness then said he then  met Merithew at his apartment for an encounter.

The man told prosecutors he had a bad feeling about the incident, telling the court he contacted Merithew under a different screen name after the meeting to get the truth.

When asked for his status in that instance, he said Merithew admitted he was HIV positive.

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1 Comment

  • chan

    there is no mention of the status of his illness. If his viral load is undetectable, then there is no chance AT ALL he could pass it someone else, even through unprotected sex. Many countries like the US need to review these old out-dated draconian laws regarding disclosure to partners. Canada is already hearing proposed legislation about this, so that HIV-positive people with undetectable viral loads (meaning the virus is gone) do not have to tell people about their past infection. 21st Century, people. America needs to learn the facts.

    If this man is not undetectable, however, then he needs to go to jail. I understand the stress of the public stigma and the depression that comes with rejection after disclosing, but if your infection is active, you MUST disclose.

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