Man with AIDS virus charged with having unprotected sex, not informing partners


A Duluth man who has been diagnosed with the AIDS virus for a decade was having unprotected sex and not telling his partners about his disease, prosecutors say. Jessie Allen Tuff, 39, has been charged with knowingly transferring the virus to others. It's the first charge of its kind in Duluth.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, Tuff is accused of "intentionally inflicting or attempting to inflict bodily harm upon another by knowingly harboring an infectious agent and committing the act of sexual penetration with another person without having first informed the other person that the person has a communicable disease.''

If prosecuted, Tuff could pay a $1,000 fine and spend 90 days in jail for infecting women with a lifetime illness. Seems a little light if you ask us.

The 50-year-old Duluth woman he exposed to HIV has yet to test positive for the virus. Tuff's ex-wife did test positive.

His ex-wife has been on a crusade to notify his former sexual partners to make sure everyone is aware of their potential exposure.

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"All he ever said was: 'It's your own fault,' " Miller said of Tuff. "He doesn't care who he gives it to. He said he doesn't care."

Debbie Miller told a police investigator that she had a consensual sexual relationship with Tuff from approximately October through November 2008. She said she learned the defendant was HIV positive when she read an e-mail he received from his ex-wife, which indicated he had given her a disease.

His ex-wife provided her with medical records showing he had been diagnosed with HIV more than 10 years ago. He is also Hepatitis C positive. She met him when she was a client at the Human Development Center for mental health issues. He was working at the center's social club.

Miller hopes to change the statute to make the crime hold a larger punishment under the law.