One student group at Georgia Southern University believes more people in the campus community should be alarmed over an HIV carrier targeting and infecting gay males.
An alert sent campus-wide last week detailed an unnamed African-American male targeting other males. The alert described him as masculine looking, sometimes wearing glasses or facial hair, and often presenting himself as well traveled and an HIV counselor.
Parrish Turner, president of the school's Gay Straight Alliance, said some heterosexual students dismissed the warning as a "gay" issue.
"Looking at a college community, people experiment with different identities and things. That means it doesn't necessarily stay within the gay community. You don't know everyone's sexual history," she explained.
Turner also warned students, gay or straight, not to attribute this danger to casual sex either. She called the carrier's targeting of victims "frightening".
"This is a man who dates you for an extended period of time, moves in with you. You get very close and he infects you and you've been together for three months and then leaves. It's not a one night stand," she noted.
Turner said the GSA has been told five HIV cases have been attributed to this carrier. Anyone with information about his identity is asked to call University Police at 912.478.4636.
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