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A Florida man who had s*x with several women without telling them he was HIV positive was sentenced to two years in prison.
At least two of the women were diagnosed with HIV after dating the man. Gentry Burns, 27, of Port Orange pleaded guilty Thursday to infected and misinformed s*x. Two other charges of the same crime have been dropped, WESH reported.
.#portorange man sentenced to two yrs prison, 12 mos probation for having sex with women without telling them he was HIV positive. 27yo Gentry Burns pleaded no contest to one count today. 2 other counts dropped. Burns was first arrested in 2019 when an ex-girlfriend came forward. pic.twitter.com/hNxB4QYYfJ
— claire metz (@clairemetzwesh) July 23, 2021
Burns, who was arrested after a former friend contacted authorities, also received 12 months’ probation after her release, the broadcaster said.
An investigation into Burns began in October 2019 when her ex told authorities that she believed she contracted HIV during the couple’s relationship in 2013, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
“The victim had contacted other women who were with Burns to warn them,” investigators said at the time. “She also gave the detectives the names of other women who she believed might have infected Burns.”
Investigators later learned that Burns, who was diagnosed with the virus in January 2014, had s*x with three women without revealing his status to them. One of them was diagnosed with HIV in 2017 after attending Burns a year earlier, authorities said.
“Gentry Burns is believed to have traveled extensively along the east coast of the United States and may have had contact with other victims in other states,” sheriff officials said in the indictment of Burns, who was already in jail.
Twenty-one states, including Florida, have laws requiring people with HIV who know their state to notify their s*xual partners, with possible sentences of up to life in prison, the CDC said.
According to the agency, approximately 33 million people have died from AIDS-related diseases worldwide since the first HIV cases reported in 1981.
In the United States, approximately 1.2 million people are HIV positive, of which approximately 13% are unaware of their state.
Annual infections across the country have declined by more than two-thirds since the peak of the pandemic in the mid-1980s.
According to HIV.gov, about 34,800 new HIV infections occurred in the United States in 2019, the latest year for which statistics are available.
“CDC estimates of annual HIV infections in the United States show encouraging signs of progress in recent years,” the website said. “CDC estimates show that after a period of general stability, new HIV infections declined by 8% from 37,800 in 2015 to 34,800 in 2019.”
“HIV continues to have a disproportionate impact on some populations, especially racial and ethnic minorities, and on gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men,” said HIV.gov, a Department of Health website. of the United States. United States of America