On Friday, Missouri police filed a probable cause statement for two of the 300+ victims who were infected with HIV by David Lee Mangum. Mangum tested positive for HIV in 2003 and after sought out more than 300 sexual partners. His claim: he didn’t want to tell them for “fear of rejection.”
Mangum is already facing a felony charge accusing him of exposing one of his former live-in partners to HIV. Authorities in the rural southeastern Missouri county are urging anyone with reason to suspect they could have been infected to stop their current sexual activity, get tested and come forward.
“Due to the initial exposure containing 300 or more individuals over an extended period of time, each of which could themselves have multiple sexual partners, this situation should be a serious concern,” Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Oliver said in a statement.