Sanjay Johnson Faces Prison Sentence in Arkansas HIV Crime Trial

“Johnson is convinced he did not pass the virus to Doe, and court records show that within a week of their encounter, Johnson’s viral load was undetectable. As part of an emerging scientific consensus about how HIV is spread, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed last fall that HIV-positive individuals who “maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner.”

“Sanjay Johnson could not have passed on and exposed anyone to this virus due to his medical condition; therefore, he cannot be guilty of this particular statute,” said Maples, Johnson’s attorney. “Sanjay deserves his fair day in court, but there’s a law the state of Arkansas has, and he may never get it.”

Read more at The Body.