Alabama soldier court-martialed for spreading HIV [UPDATED]

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WAFF-TV reports a soldier at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., was sent to the disciplinary barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., after he was court-martialed for knowingly spreading HIV.  He was sentenced to a dishonorable discharge and 30 months after being found guilty of violating his superior’s command and multiple counts of assault, which refers to the unprotected sexual contact.

Sgt. Brandon Clarett was diagnosed with HIV several years ago and was given explicit military orders not to tell all prospective sexual partners about his diagnosis and have only protected sexual intercourse. Redstone officials learned Clarett may have violated those orders when an individual tested positive for HIV during a yearly screening in February. [YIKES! Bad typo. Apologies all around.]

Redstone officials said that Clarrett was isolated from February until his court appearance in August for the safety of the individuals around him.

The Alabama Department of Public Health wants anyone who thinks they’ve been infected to call them. Those who had non-sexual contact with Clarrett probably have nothing to worry about.

“Casual contact, kissing, what amount of the virus is in saliva is negligible,” Dr. Tim Howard, a family practice physician, told WAFF. “If someone was concerned about mouth to mouth kissing, and was concerned about this particular soldier and did not have intercourse. If they were worried about it, I would be tested, just for their own peace of mind.”

[via WAFF-TV]

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  1. Is this sentence from your article correct?
    “Sgt. Brandon Clarett was diagnosed with HIV several years ago and was given explicit military orders not to tell all prospective sexual partners about his diagnosis”

    NOT to tell?
    Just wanted you to double check that.

  2. This is unbelievable… Why not just ban HIV positive people from enlisting? They’re already non-deployable. Other medical conditions are disqualifiers but this isn’t? Stop the politcally correct nonsense and use common sense.

  3. This guy was not isolated… I was in the unit with him…. He came to work just like everyone else…..25thinf… He was on his way out of the army and on leave. They called him back fir this case.

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