This afternoon, Michael Johnson was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison and may serve up to 60 years after being convicted on all five counts of infecting and exposing partners to HIV.
If Johnson’s sentences are served concurrently he will serve 30 years; Former college wrestler, Michael Johnson who is believed to have infected over 30 people with HIV, faces life in prison.
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He was found guilty on Thursday, May 14, 2015 on one count of recklessly infecting a person with HIV, one count of attempting to recklessly infect a person with HIV and three counts of recklessly exposing partners to HIV.
Johnson’s trial was three days long, according to and his mother, Tracy Johnson was in attendance along with his former partner, Dylan King Lemons.
Missouri state law demands people who are diagnosed with HIV to disclose their status to their partners, regardless if they use protection or take medication.
Johnson was diagnosed by the Missouri Department of Health with HIV on January 7, 2013.
Some would rather have cancer than live with the stigma of the infection, where a diagnosis is filled with not only internalized gay shame but a sense of fault: Nationally, 20 percent of gay and bisexual men are estimated to be living with HIV.
Some are aware of their status and are being treated; others are not aware at all.
We know now, as we knew then, that being gay doesn't foretell an HIV diagnosis.
The infection is far from a death sentence, at least for those with access to life-saving medications.
Lentiviruses are transmitted as single-stranded, positive-sense, enveloped RNA viruses.