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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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