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March 18, 2013

Illinois Police Officer Faces HIV Charge

An Illinois police officer is facing a charge of criminally transmitting HIV, the Windy City Times reports. John Savage, 38, of La Grange Park, a suburb of Chicago, is accused of having sex with an unidentified 24-year-old man in 2012 without disclosing he has HIV. The men had sex at Savage’s home. The man later asked Savage about his HIV status, which is when Savage disclosed he is HIV positive. After the disclosure, the man contacted the police. Savage was arrested March 13, released on bond and is scheduled in court March 21. It is unclear whether the man actually contracted HIV from Savage or if the man even has the virus. HIV transmission laws in Illinois were updated in 2012, making prosecutions more difficult. Under new rules, prosecutors must prove intent to spread the virus, failure to wear a condom and the occurrence of insertive anal or vaginal sex. However, Savage will be prosecuted under the old law because the alleged crime occurred in July and the new law took effect in August. His charge is a Class 2 felony.

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Mike, Baltimore, 2013-04-10 16:46:55
Who is to say.. the 24 yr old didn't purposly seek out a + individual so he could lay blame on a known person ?? Just playing devils advocate .. After blaming the other guy for years ..I finally realized my status is my own !!I made the choice to have sex..21 years positive here

BREALNYC, New York, 2013-03-25 11:22:39
Now that we can live, even thrive, with HIV, this is the battle we're fighting. Stigma is everyone's enemy because it keeps people from being tested. And, today, being tested can save your life. Every opportunity to confront this ignorance needs to be met head-on. I'm thankful to those at POZ.com and the Sero Project for publicizing what too many still believe--that people with HIV/AIDS somehow deserve it. ALL adults are responsible for their own behavior.

Sassysoul, Chicago, 2013-03-21 12:57:26
I agree with most of the other commenters. There is no excuse for any adult person in this day & age of information in regards to safe sex, HIV and other STDS's to be ignorant, lazy, lusting and unprotected. The so called victim is really his own enemy

Lolita, phila, 2013-03-20 10:35:23
Look people we have to stop putting the blame on the postive person ,when in fact .you made the choose to sleep with that person without protection , the olny way we are going to get a handle on HIV is to assume everyone has HIV/AIDS and make the choice to protect YOURSELF . Your rule should be No Glove No Love !!

angel rivera, hartford, 2013-03-19 13:07:33
As an outreach worker for people who live with the virus, i have to sat that these laws putting hiv+ individuals under any carges are too severe. people should know by now that the virus is still out there and they should be responsible for using protection in any sexual relationship. therefore the person who is positive should not be solely to blame. these laws should be updated and made less severe for these individuals who unfortunately live with this sentence already.

david, kampala, 2013-03-19 12:54:54
this person has a habit of asking after having sex if he is +ve he might have got it from some body else other than this police man.

Patrick D, Fort Lauderdale, 2013-03-19 12:33:16
That 24 year old is an adult, if he has concerns about someones HIV status he should ask the question before having sex. The police officer was honest when asked about his HIV status when asked, he could have lied and charging him would just punish someone for being honest. He could have said he was HIV negative and that would have been the end of the discussion. Protect your self...we live in 2013 and all know HIV is out there.

moncton30, Moncton, 2013-03-19 09:45:51
People have to stop placing Blame. YES its wrong to have HIV and have unprotected sex but people need to take precautions. What about the people that are positive and dont know it. Wrap it people. and if you dont and get infected, it is no ones fault but your own. simple as that. If you have it, wrap it. plain and simple. Thats just wrong.

Stefan L. Smith/Ellen Ushijima, , 2013-03-19 09:00:35
That's funny. He asked AFTER the encounter...so why is he so mad to press charges? Obviously he didn't care enough while the act was going on... #messy.queens

mike, DC, 2013-03-19 08:13:24
Again, asking status AFTER sex? This doesn't make sense and I would think, it's a he said / he said. Yet, it is up to the person id'd with hiv, to defend himself against the one laying the charge. Who is to say, he didn't disclose BEFORE? Yet, he is charged as if the one laying the charge is in the right. There has to be more to this story.

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