Health Department warms of HIV tests following arrest of man
STODDARD COUNTY, Mo. - At the Stoddard County Public Health Center, the phone is ringing and people have a lot of questions.
"People are very aware of what's happening in our county right now," said Assistant Director Tom Roy.
Roy says you should know your HIV status and if you are having unprotected sex, the best thing to do is stop and take a blood test.
"If you choose to have sex, that means safe sex, which is condom use," Roy said.
Earlier this week, David Mangum was arrested and charged with not telling his sexual partner of his HIV positive status. Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver said there's no way to track a list of Mangum's victims or have any idea where they're from.
"Our primary effort in getting the word out is that we want people that may have been infected to know that they may be infected," Oliver said.
Mangum met his former partner on Craigslist, under the men seeking men tab.
"For us to find out the breadth of the victims that he has, we need these victims to come to us and tell us their story," Oliver said,
Roy says the Health Department is prepared to test anyone who walks through the door and investigators say if you have had sexual contact with Mangum to get tested.
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