Man Says Girlfriend Had An HIV Secret
(Memphis) “I met her just walking one day, coming from the store. I introduce myself. She introduced herself. We became friends.”
That’s how 43-year-old Linda Allen met the 40-year-old man who says they dated for a year, and even moved in together.
But her boyfriend is now an angry man.
We agreed not to identify him and he told us how he grew suspicious about Allen’s medicine bottles he found in their home.
He says a search of the internet, and a call to local pharmacies revealed the startling truth.
“They said it’s (the drugs) for people with HIV,” he told us.
He says his girlfriend was taking HIV medication, “I asked her you must have HIV or Aids. She says ‘what you doing going through my medicine.’ I said I just want to know what is going on. I said do you have it? She said if I have it you have it too.”
After an angry confrontation where Allen refused to admit anything, the boyfriend went to police.
He said they began investigating, and eventually charged Linda Allen with Criminal Exposure to HIV.
The case is headed to court.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich says knowingly exposing someone to HIV without their knowledge is a felony, “We see it a lot of times in prostitution cases or aggravated assault cases and it’s an extra charge that we can charge a defendant with. The range of punishment for a Class C Felony is 3 to 15 years.”
“I think people with situations like she got need to tell people up front what they going through so you can make the decision if you want to be with them or not,” says the man.
Right now Linda Allen’s boyfriend says he has not tested positive for HIV, but he has to undergo tests every three months.
Linda Allen, who was in court Wednesday on an unrelated charge, will face a judge on the HIV case July 18.