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Man with HIV has sex with 28 girls

An HIV-infected man had sex with at least 28 girls and young women, some of whom were approached in schools and parks and traded sex for drugs, public health officials said Monday. At least 11 people were infected either by the man or by people who had had sex with him, they said.

Chautauqua County Health Commissioner Dr. Robert Berke said the 20-year-old man was aware he was HIV positive in at least half of the cases in which he had sexual contact with young girls.Health officials said they were going outside the regular rules of privacy for people with HIV or AIDS because the circumstances were "so extraordinary."

Public health authorities counted 28 cases of direct sexual contact and 53 cases of secondary contact.