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Savannah Man With HIV Indicted For Intentionally Spreading Virus

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DOWNTOWN SAVANNAH -

An act of reckless conduct and a concern for public health, had officials speaking out Thursday. 

In October, an HIV infected man was arrested for allegedly having sex with an underage girl and potentially exposing her to the virus.

But tonight, it turns out that the potential spread of disease from the suspect did not stop there.

The District Attorney's office says half a dozen women have come forward with complaints about 23-year-old Antonio Myawn Bacon Jr.

And now there's concern that others may have been unknowingly exposed to the virus.

"He's charged with one count of statutory rape, and I believe six counts of reckless conduct of an HIV-infected person," said District Attorney, Meg Heap. 

That's how Heap kicked-off a press conference Thursday afternoon about the indictment of Bacon Jr., who's accused of knowingly spreading the HIV virus to a minor.

"We have concerns that we got people who had relations have not been tested, and I think it's a public safety concern."

Heap says the main goal now is to make sure anyone who may have had contact with Bacon gets tested.

"We already have a case going forward, but from the beginning of this case we had concerns, and then people came forward or people realized, so we thought well, if there's even if there's the smallest chance of someone out there, we need to make sure they get medical treatment."

Some of the alleged victims claim they were infected as far back as the summer of 2012.

Now there are three places you can go to get tested for free. That's the Chatham County Health Department on Eisenhower.

Chatham Care Center on Fahm Street.

And through the Phoenix Project at the Union Mission on East Broad.

You can get your results in as little as 20 minutes.

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