Toronto police issue public warning-HIV positive man arrested

A Toronto man, 28, has been arrested and charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault for allegedly failing to notify his HIV positive status to his partner.
Sahand Mahmoodi was arrested by Toronto police on Thursday. He is scheduled to appear in court next week after his first appearance on Thursday.

The police will be using the time prior to Mahmoodi’s court appearance to gather more evidence. They are asking people that may have had sex with the man to come forward. They have issued a public safety alert out of worry that there are other victims.

The police have the difficult task with complying with privacy laws while still warning people of a risk.

CBC reports:

“He did frequent the Church and Wellesley area,” said Const. Brad Stapleton with the Toronto police sex crimes unit. “We know he had sexual activities with other individuals and we have reason to believe he may not have disclosed his HIV status at that time.”

According to the Toronto police Mahmoodi has known of his HIV status since 2000.

Anyone who may have had sexual contact with him is asked to call police at (416) 808-7474.

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