HIV positive Elkhart Co. man arrested for donating plasma

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. -- A man is under arrest for trying to donate plasma, even though he knew he had HIV.

James Williams, 31, faces six charges for transferring, and attempting to transfer, contaminated body fluids.

According to reporting partners at The Elkhart Truth, Williams was diagnosed with HIV in 2009.

But he answered no on forms asking about HIV, and tried repeatedly to donate plasma at BioLife plasma services in Elkhart.

He was turned away three times because of high blood pressure, but in January, he made a successful donation, and received a payment of $30.

Fortunately, BioLife tests every donation it receives for such diseases, so no one was ever in real danger.

But nonetheless, this is a felony crime.

Williams is in the Elkhart County Jail and will be in court Monday for a hearing.

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