Man accused of 'recklessly infecting' 2 with HIV on trial

1 year 6 months 3 weeks ago May 11, 2015 May 11, 2015 Monday, May 11 2015 Monday, May 11, 2015 6:48:00 PM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. CHARLES (AP) - A man who prosecutors accuse of "recklessly infecting" two male sex partners with HIV in Missouri is on trial in a case that some activists say highlights outdated laws.

23-year-old Michael L. Johnson faces felony HIV exposure charges. He was also accused of knowingly exposing four others to the virus that causes AIDS over nearly 10 months after being diagnosed as HIV positive in January 2013.

He pleaded not guilty. His trial began Monday with jury selection.

The encounters occurred in Johnson's dorm room and other campus housing at Lindenwood University, a private school in the St. Louis suburb of St. Charles. Johnson, of Indianapolis, was a wrestler at Lindenwood.

Some legal reform groups say such laws in Missouri and more than 30 other states criminalize a medical condition.

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