Swinging Airman Triggers HIV Scare
Air Force officer says he may have infected dozens of partners near Kansas air base.
Inside McConnell Air Force Base a 43-year-old Air Force Sergeant sits in a military jail.
Outside the base, local health officials are worried he may have spread HIV to dozens of partners.
"We want to make sure that everyone gets a chance to come in and get taken care of and get tested," Sedgwick County disease investigator Jason Ybarra said.
An affidavit filed by the Air Force alleges the airman told his wife, "about his numerous sexual exploits in the Wichita area and commented he never informed the other parties of being HIV positive."
The affidavit goes on to say the sergeant, "attended 21 swinger events in the Wichita area from January 2009 to July 2010."
In a statement an Air Force spokesperson says, "I can assure you that the health of the base and local populations are of constant Air Force concern.
"With any type of investigation, you want to get on it as soon as you can," Ybarra said.
The Sedgwick County Health Department says the Air Force has contacted them about the case.
Now disease investigators are working to determine who may have had sexual contact with the airman.
"We throw that net out, and we get everybody in that particular investigation," Ybarra said. "At least let them know, that there is a potential that you have been exposed, and we want to give you that opportunity to come in and get tested."
Since the Air Force has yet to make the airman available to local health officials for an interview, the health department is reminding everyone of the importance of regular testing.
"So, if you've had any kind of sex or any kind of needle sharing or put yourself at risk, we want you to get tested," Ybarra said.
Because the sergeant has not been charged, he is not being identified.
A military hearing on the matter is scheduled for September.