HIV-positive man charged with attempted murder after sexual encounter

Police say Toronto man allegedly had sex with another man without revealing health status

 

A Toronto man who allegedly had sex with another man without revealing he is HIV-positive is charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault.

 

Police allege 28-year-old Sahand Mahmoodi, who was arrested Wednesday, has known about his HIV status since 2000.

 

Toronto police Const. Brad Stapleton says Mahmoodi might have had unprotected sex with others who did not know he was HIV-positive.

 

Mahmoodi, who is scheduled to appear in court next Tuesday, allegedly met the victim on an Internet dating service.

The charges are part of a growing trend across the country to deal with the nondisclosure of HIV.

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network says about 80 people have been charged relating to nondisclosure of HIV status since the mid-90s.

One high-profile case involved a 52-year-old Hamilton man, Johnson Aziga, who was charged in the deaths of two women after infecting them. He was found guilty of first-degree murder earlier this year.

 
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