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Area health departments say HIV testing on rise after Dexter man charged

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 A number of health departments in the Heartland say testing for HIV had increased since KFVS broke the story about a Dexter man facing charges for infecting another with HIV.

David Mangum, 37, is charged with reckless exposure to HIV infection.

In Stoddard County, health department officials say they have tested 15 people.

Whitney Preslar, LPN, with the Butler County Health Department says there has been an estimated 46 percent increase in scheduled HIV tests at Butler County Health Department since August 28.

Preslar recommends the following groups be tested: 

  • who is engaging in unprotected sex with a partner who does not know their HIV status
  • someone who has a history of other sexually transmitted diseases
  • anyone who is engaging in unprotected sex with multiple partners anyone 
  • anyone who is sharing needles/syringes with others for injecting drugs or steroids. 

In Cape Girardeau County, health department officials say they have seen a 50 percent increase since the story aired. They also have had a lot more phone calls asking general questions about HIV and how it's spread.

 

In Mississippi County, health experts say they average about four HIV tests a month. They say they haven't seen an increase in testing but two people have wanted to be tested because since news broke about Mangum.

Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russ Oliver says he expects to file new charges sometime this week against Mangum, who appears in court on Thursday.

Dexter Police say so far they have interviewed six people in the investigation. They wouldn't say if anyone of those people tested positive.

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