Illinois man, 46, charged with knowingly transmitting HIV

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
This April 12, 2011 electron microscope image made available by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shows an H9 T cell, blue, infected with HIV in yellow

WILMETTE, Ill. -- A personal trainer from the northern suburbs of Chicago is charged with knowingly transmitting HIV to three women he dated.

The Chicago Tribune ( ) reports 46-year-old Jimmy Amutavi of Wilmette has been charged with three counts of criminal transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Cook County prosecutors say Amutavi repeatedly had unprotected sex with the women and then denied he had the virus when confronted. They say he began monthslong dating relationships with each of the women while working as their personal trainer between April 2015 and this year.

Cook County Judge Laura M. Sullivan has barred him from contacting any of the victims.

Amutavi's attorney says his client had been taking retroviral medication that made it almost impossible for him to transmit HIV.