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January 15, 2010

Woman Claims She Intentionally Transmitted HIV to More Than 500 People

In a video posted on mediatakeout.com, an unidentified woman claims to have intentionally transmitted HIV to more than 500 people, The Associated Press reports. Authorities are working to determine whether the video is a hoax.

In the 11-minute clip video, the woman—who is wearing a bandana to conceal most of her face—says she contracted HIV in 1998. She explains she’s out to “destroy the world” following her diagnosis.

According to the article, tipsters told police that the woman lives in Detroit. In Michigan, it is a felony to not disclose one’s HIV status to a sexual partner.

Mediatakeout.com editor Fred Mwangaguhunga said the website received the video electronically January 13.

Update: The Michigan Messenger reports that the Detroit Police have confirmed the video is a hoax. The 23-year-old woman told authorities the video was intended to raise HIV awareness.

Read these related stories for additional updates:

No Charges Filed Against Detroit Woman for Online HIV Hoax

AIDS Activists React to Press Coverage of Online HIV Hoax

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