WILLIAMSON, W.VA. -- A man exposed to the AIDS virus, who was barred from jail and whose swimming prompted officials to close a neighborhood pool, has moved away, officials say.
Tom Dobbs, a spokesman for the Mountain State AIDS network, said the 26-year-old man has moved to an undisclosed location. Dobbs said the man's father had indicated he thought that townspeople might try to hurt his son. According to Dobbs, the man has AIDS-related complex (ARC) but not acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
The man was found in April to be carrying the virus when he was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol and underwent a blood test. A Mingo County Circuit Court judge waived the man's 24-hour mandatory jail time, claiming the facility was inadequate to care for him.
Two weeks ago, the man swam in the Williamson municipal pool, and when Mayor Sam Kapourales learned of it he ordered the pool closed and cleaned.
"We have no reason to think that an AIDS patient swimming in a pool would pose a risk to anyone else," Harold Jaffe, chief epidemiologist of the AIDS program at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, said at the time.