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Chicago Man Arrested After Knowingly Gives Girlfriend HIV

Johanson Little

A South Side man is accused of failing to tell his girlfriend he was HIV positive, admitting it only after the woman went to a doctor eight months after their relationship ended and was told she had tested positive.

Johanson Little, 31, has been charged with criminal transmission of HIV, a Class 2 felony, and was ordered held on $750,000 bail during a bond hearing Thursday.

Little, of the 4400 block of South State Street, had dated the woman between June 1, 2012 and June 1, 2013, according to Steve Campbell, a spokesman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.  

In February, the woman went for a physical examination which included an HIV test and was notified that she was HIV positive, Campbell said. The woman said she did not have sexual relations with anyone since she ended the relationship with Little and did not have any sexual partners except for Little during their year-long relationship, Campbell said.

The woman learned from relatives of Little’s deceased wife that she had died of complications from AIDS, according to prosecutors.  But Little had told the woman his wife had died from ovarian cancer.

When the woman confronted Little, he admitted he knew he was HIV positive when they had sex, Campbell said. Little has been HIV positive since 2003, prosecutors said.

“He admitted that he knew of his HIV status at the time that he was having a sexual relationship with the victim but did not want to tell her,” Campbell said.

Source: Chicago Tribune


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