Florida man, 26, is charged with having sex with multiple women without telling them he had HIV – and one of them contracted the virus
- Gentry Burns, 26, is accused of having sex with multiple women without telling them he was HIV-positive, which is illegal under Florida law
- His ex-girlfriend told cops she feared he gave her the virus and infected others
- They identified three women he had sex with and one of them got HIV in 2016
- He was already in jail in Florida on unrelated charges and will remain there
A Florida man is accused of having sex with multiple women without telling them he was HIV positive.
Volusia County Sheriff’s Office filed charges Thursday against Gentry Burns, 26, who was in jail on unrelated charges.
The investigation started after an ex-girlfriend of Burns came forward to report she believed she contracted HIV from him while dating him in 2013.
Florida man Gentry Burns, (pictured), is accused of having sex with multiple women without telling them he was HIV positive. One of the women contracted the virus in 2017
The victim attempted to contact other women who were dating Burns in an attempt to warn them.
She also provided detectives with the names of other women she believed Burns could have infected.
In a statement, detectives said they confirmed through medical records that Burns was diagnosed HIV positive in January 2014.
Three women confirmed they dated and engaged in sexual activity with Burns without knowing he was HIV positive.
One was diagnosed HIV positive in 2017 after dating Burns in 2016.
Burns had already been in custody at the Volusia County Branch Jail on unrelated charges. He will remain in prison on the new charges with no bond allowed.
Detectives believe other victims may still come forward. Anyone who has dated Burns and believes they might be at risk is urged to see a doctor and to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 386-248-1777.
Under Florida law, it is illegal for anyone who knows they have any of several sexually transmitted diseases to have sex with another person without informing them of having HIV.
Other diseases under the law include gonorrhea, genital herpes simplex, chlamydia, nongonococcal urethritis (NGU), pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)/acute salpingitis, or syphilis.