ANDERSON — An Anderson man has been arrested on suspicion of failing to report his HIV status to a sexual partner.
According to a probable cause affidavit prepared by Anderson Police Detective Norman Rayford, Kevin Richard Griffith, 35, 200 blocks from Central Avenue, was arrested Saturday on a felony 6 warrant for breach of duty of a dangerous communicable disease to warn the person at risk. He was released Monday on his own recognizance.
According to an initial report filed by Officer Nathan Smith before he assigned the case to Rayford, Smith was sent to the first block of South Drive on March 24, 2020, where paramedics were called to a report of a woman with difficulty in breathing.
The woman said she had a panic attack after learning that, unbeknownst to her, her boyfriend of two months knew he was HIV-positive and had unprotected sex with her.
At that time, Griffith refused to speak with Smith after his Miranda rights were read, “saying he didn’t understand and just needed a ‘breath’.”
The woman reported that she and Griffith had been drinking when she looked at the nightstand and saw a pill.
“She asked him what it was and he said it was a vitamin,” the report said.
The woman told police she had looked for the pill but could not tell what it was.
“Soon after, she said that (Griffith) was very upset and told him he had lied to her and would tell her the truth,” the report said. “At that time Kevin explained to (the woman) that he had contracted HIV/AIDS in 2016.”
The woman told Smith that before she had unprotected sex with Griffith, she asked him if he had been tested for sexually transmitted diseases. He reportedly replied that when he was released from prison, he had been tested and that he had no disease that he knew of.
It is unclear when and why Griffith was in prison.
The woman had also given Constable Smith a bottle of pills stating it was for Triumeq, which she believed to be the pill she had found.
Triumeq is a three-ingredient drug used to decrease the amount of HIV in the system, which reduces the risk of complications, such as infections or cancer. According to the GoodRX website, studies have shown that up to 88% of people who talk about Triumeq have undetectable HIV viral loads within 48 weeks.
However, in a March 25, 2020 Facebook post, Griffith admitted to being HIV-positive, according to the report.
“I didn’t tell a lot of people and the people I should have told didn’t,” Griffith said. “I met someone and didn’t tell them I was HIV positive. Now I hurt her in her family.
According to the report, officials from Aspire, a community health agency, confirmed that Griffith tested positive on August 31, 2016 at the Muncie site and was notified of the infection.
After being explained his obligations under state law, Griffith also signed an HIV care coordination bond to warn on Dec. 9, 2019, according to the police report. He is obligated to explain his status to needle-sharing partners and sexual partners for both safe and unprotected sex, according to the law and the form he has signed.
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