Man Infected Thousands HIV – A Michigan man has been arrested after infected thousands of people with HIV. Police say David Smith, 51, told them he had sex with as many people as he could over the past three years to give them the deadly virus. Smith was arrested after he turned himself.
The virus is most commonly transmitted through specific sexual behaviors or sharing needles with an infected person. It is less common for virus to be transmitted through oral sex. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests wearing a condom to prevent the spread of HIV.
However, Smith told police he had unprotected sex with thousands of partners who are likely to be HIV positive.
Police said they are currently aware of the identity of only one of the victims and have charged Smith with just one count so far.
The Kent County Health Department is concerned about the number of possible victims, a spokeswoman said.
“We want to make sure that anyone who may have injected drugs with [Smith], who may have had sex with him, does come forward and get tested,” Communications Manager Lisa LaPlante said. “We want to make sure that they’re not spreading the virus to anyone else.”
The alleged victim, who asked not to be identified, called Smith “a predator” and “a sociopath.”
“He hits drifters,” she told WOOD-TV. “He hits people who are young. He hits young women, and from what I understand, he hits men too. Those are his targets.”
The victim tested positive for HIV and was diagnosed on October 18, 2008.