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Wednesday, 10 December 2008

US: New York man faked HIV test, charged with reckless endangerment

A New York City man has been charged under NY's reckless endangerment laws for having unprotected sex with a woman after he allegedly faked a negative HIV antibody test.

The story is all over the New York papers, including The New York Daily News (stigma warning for Web 2.0 comments) and Newsday.

Charged with faking AIDS test for sex
New York Daily News
Nicole Bode
December 10th 2008

An HIV-positive Queens man is facing jail time after allegedly faking a clean bill of health to persuade his girlfriend to have unprotected sex.

Duane Lang, 48, typed up an official-looking HIV test report from the AIDS Center of Queens, the city's Department of Investigation charged.

The report said that as of last Dec. 12, Lang was "negative/nonreactive for the HIV-1 antibody based upon the rapid HIV antibody test," investigators said. Lang - who has been HIV-positive since 2002 - used to volunteer at the city-funded AIDS Center, authorities said.

"With deceit and depravity, the defendant repeatedly endangered the life of a person he supposedly cared for," DOI Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn said. "Rarely have we seen a forged document used in a way that is so directly and personally destructive to another human being."

Lang was arrested Monday and charged with reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a forged document. He was released on his own recognizance and faces seven years in prison if convicted.

The victim had unprotected sex as many as 10 times at Lang's Richmond Hill apartment from December 2007 to March, authorities said. It was unclear if the unidentified woman contracted the virus. The horrified victim finally got the truth about Lang's medical condition on March 19, when she questioned him about the authenticity of his test report, authorities said. Lang admitted he was HIV-positive and the test was a fake, the criminal complaint says. He told investigators the form was used as a demonstration on a retreat. He claimed he took it home to "rip it up ... and next thing he knew it was gone," prosecutors said.

The center's medical director, Dr. Marc Johnson, was listed on the bogus test report. His name was spelled wrong and there was no signature, the complaint says. The agency is not facing any charges.

NYer arrested, accused of faking HIV test results
Authorities said he later admitted to woman he was HIV positive
December 9, 2008

A New Yorker has been arrested on charges that he faked HIV test results so that a woman would have unprotected sex with him.

Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn says Duane Lang could spend up to 8 years in prison if convicted of reckless endangerment and possession of a forged instrument.

Authorities say the pair had unprotected sex eight to 10 times, from December 2007 to March 2008. When the woman later questioned the document's authenticity, Lang allegedly admitted that it was fake and he was HIV positive.

Her medical status is not being made public.



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