|Published:||Aug 28, 2013 10:47 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 28, 2013 11:54 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, FL--New details on a story you saw first on WINK.
We've learned significantly more people are getting HIV tests after we told you about a Fort Myers man, who is HIV positive and accused of not telling his sexual partners.
James Lee Redmond was arrested because in Florida it's a felony to not disclose you have HIV before having sex.
It has been nearly two weeks after we introduced you to two men who are accusing James Redmond of not telling them he has HIV before having unprotected sex.
“Since you aired it, it has doubled the amount of tests such as Ican and the health department does,” said HIV educator Donnamarie Hamilton-Ross.
Ross says Redmond is just one case and fears there are many more men who keep their mouth shut about being HIV positive and have unprotected sex.
“What we are asking people to do is look at their own risk and look at what they have done,” said Hamilton Ross.
That’s exactly what Aaron Russo has done. He's never had sex with James Redmond, but after seeing our story, Russo says, he felt the strong need to get tested.
“My concerns were, not knowing who he had slept with and hadn't notified and if that person had slept with somebody that I have slept with,” said Russo.
The Ican testing center here in Fort Myers posted on their Facebook page "Your HIV test expires every time you have risky sex."
Hailton-Ross says many times men who have HIV and are looking to have sex will not diclose their HIV status.
“What are you going to do, say hello my name is Bob and I have HIV and lets have sex, no it's not going to happenm,” she said.
Hamilton-Ross also says no matter if you are homosexual or heterosexual, if you are having unprotected sex with people you do not know, you are putting yourself at extreme risk.