Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Arkansas man says he infected self with HIV to expose others

Arkansas man says he infected self with HIV to expose others

Stephen Koch reportedly pleaded guilty to exposing another person to HIV, possessing or viewing child pornography, and possession and delivery of meth.

A 25-year-old man said in court Monday that he had intentionally contracted HIV so that he could infect others, reports the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Green sentenced Koch to 50 years in prison and ordered him to register as a sex offender.

"It's very irritating that people do not take the disease serious enough", he says. Additional charges came after a confidential informant told authorities Koch was looking at child pornography, according to court documents.

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"For somebody to have such low self esteem, and lack of worth that they would try to go out and do something that stupid is the only word I can think to use", adds Williams.

"Just so I can get my brain around this, did I understand the state correctly; Mr. Koch intentionally contracted the HIV virus so he could then infect others?" The survivor ended his statement by calling Koch's actions "offensive" and "downright evil". For instance, Ruth Coker Burks, an HIV educator, said that what the Northwest Arkansas man did was to throw mud in the faces of all the people who struggled with the condition. "It's so unfortunate and bad when people have died.just tried to live with this virus", she says.

The church also doubles as an HIV/AIDS testing, and information site.

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