A man accused of intentionally giving his partner HIV is back in court, facing fresh charges after a third victim came forward.
Cleveland Broadie, of Conyers, a city in the US state of Georgia, was already facing charges for intentionally spreading the potentially deadly virus to at least two women despite knowing he was HIV positive as far back as 2006.
His first victim was his wife, who died after going undiagnosed and thinking that a cancer she had previously beaten had returned, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, which has accused Broadie, 62, of failing to tell his partners he had HIV.
Investigators named two victims in July, with Broadie’s wife Denise dying after having had HIV for five years without being diagnosed or treated, according to local media quoting her medical records.
Prosecutors say Denise Broadie passed away in April 2022 as a result of her husband’s reckless conduct.
It was only days before her death that Denise’s doctors discovered that she had “full-blown” AIDS and not cancer as she had suspected.
HIV is now a treatable condition as long as it is caught early enough and does not evolve into AIDS, which is what happens as a result of an HIV infection when the person’s immune system is severely weakened.
Neither HIV nor AIDS are curable, but having HIV has become a lot more manageable in recent years, with antiretroviral therapy (ART) significantly extending the lives of people with an HIV-positive diagnosis.
Broadie was arrested on 8th July this year, and charged with ‘felony reckless conduct-HIV infected person’ according to local media.
Police then discovered that a second woman had come forward claiming that Brady had had unprotected sex with her without telling her that he had HIV.
Police documents revealed that Broadie allegedly had unprotected sex with her multiple times this year.
Investigators began to suspect that Broadie’s conduct might have been part of a pattern.
And now it has been revealed that a third victim came forward in early September and that he allegedly had sex with her in March. The two other victims have not been named.
The accused faces five years in prison for each of the three counts.