Jacksonville man arrested for not disclosing HIV status

By: Bridgette Matter , Action News Jax

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville man is accused of having sex with a woman without telling her he had HIV.

A police report says an unnamed victim claimed she contracted HIV after having sex with 46-year-old Talmadge Swans.

His friend Delano Brown said that’s just the beginning.

He believes there are more victims who have had sexual relationships with Swans without knowing his medical history.

The man said he is urging any woman who had a sexual relationship with Swans to get tested.

Action News Jax law and safety expert Dale Carson said the charge is also a form of assault.

“It’s the same as assaulting someone, in this particular case with a virus, instead of your fists,” Carson said.

Brown said he just hopes this will convince other local women to get tested.

“If you had sexual relations with this man, please go get tested," Brown said. "Your life is dependent on it. He doesn’t care."

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