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Eerily, this is another Indiana case, and the reporting by theindychannel.com makes it sound as though Mr. Perkins, 47, went in search of women looking for Mr. Goodbar. As of Tuesday, he faced 17 felony counts of failing to disclose his HIV status - each of which carries a sentence of up to eight years.

“Police said Perkins intentionally tried to spread HIV by having unprotected sex with dozens of women,” the Web site reported, and he “may have had unprotected sex with more than 100 women in the more than five years since his diagnosis.”

He also sent mass text messages to women.

AIDS advocates say disclosing someone’s HIV-positive status results in stigmatizing and stereotyping. No argument here.

But what’s not debatable is the public-health threat.

Are you paying attention now?

Deborah Simmons can be reached at dsimmons@washingtontimes.com.