Missouri Man Charged With Spreading HIV Says He's Had More Than 300 Sexual Encounters Since Diagnosis
Authorities across the Plains are scrambling to find hundreds of men who may have unknowingly been exposed to HIV during a casual sex encounter with David Mangum (pictured).
Mangum, who is now in custody in Missouri after transmitting HIV to his roommate, claimed to have had 300 sex partners since finding out he is HIV positive in 2003.
Up to 60 of those contacts allegedly occurred after he moved to Missouri two years ago from Dallas, where he has convictions for prostitution, indecent exposure and public lewdness.
Many of his trysts stemmed from Craigslist ads, he told investigators, and he would meet up with men at parks, truck stops and other remote locations. Police believe many were truckers or others passing through the region, and because Mangum had little information about many of the men, investigators are concerned about finding potential victims, Dexter police detective Cory Mills said.
"First names with no phone numbers or addresses — that's going to be a challenge," Mills said.
Local county clinics in Missouri have reported an increase in HIV testing since news broke.
Police say that Mangum seems unapologetic and has blamed a "fear of rejection" on not informing sexual partners of his status. He has pleaded not guilty but faces life in prison if convicted on the current charge.
Missouri has some of the country's strictest laws regarding the matter. Should Mangum get life in prison if convicted of recklessly another with HIV?
This is a great reminder that it is up to you and you alone to stay responsible and safe out there!