A 36-year-old woman claimed that she was HIV positive and intentionally infected previous partners who had allegedly wronged her in a now-viral video rant. In the minute-long video, the woman rattled off a list of names of the people she had purposely infected. Law enforcement was notified of the video and began conducting an investigation.
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Brandi Yakeima Lasiter of Americus, Georgia, posted the video on her Facebook page last week. Americus Police Maj. Herman Lamar spoke to the Associated Press on Wednesday where he revealed that Lasiter lied about the incident because she was angry at the men named in the video.
To prove she lied, officers demanded that she take a blood test. On Friday, the test results came back negative. Lasiter has since deleted the Facebook video. In the since-deleted video, Lasiter said: “I always get the last laugh. I get real nasty and evil.” It’s unclear what, if anything, the named men in the video did to Lasiter.
One of the men named in the video filed a communication harassment complaint. Since Lasiter was not HIV positive, police opted to charge her with a misdemeanor for harassing communications, the New York Post reported.
According to the Georgia Department of Public Health documents, 2,698 people were diagnosed with HIV in 2017. Since it’s a felony in the state of Georgia to knowingly transmit HIV, Lasiter would have faced a 10-year prison sentence if found guilty.
Surprisingly, it isn’t uncommon for people with HIV to maliciously transmit the disease to an unknowing sexual partner.
In the state of Georgia, it’s illegal to knowingly transmit the disease even if a condom is used in the sexual act, the Washington Post reported. Earlier this year, a man in Pensacola, Florida, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he lied about his HIV test results and proceeded to have sex with multiple women.
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