Oklahoma man charged with intentionally spreading HIV

Francis Akhalbey November 01, 2022
Ernest Lacour is said to have knowingly spread HIV -- Photo via FOX 25

Authorities in Oklahoma have brought charges against a male HIV patient who is said to have knowingly infected at least three women with the virus. In an interview with FOX 25, one of Ernest Lacour’s victims said she decided to share her story to caution others.

Lacour faces three counts of knowingly engaging in conduct to transfer HIV. “It’s a deadly disease, but you can still live your life,” Lacour’s victim said. “I don’t have AIDS and I still have a life to live.”

The victim said Lacour and her started being intimate in 2021. She said she was diagnosed with the virus after she sought treatment for an illness. 

“I would just faint and pass out,” she recalled. “I would get so lightheaded that I would have these episodes and throw up for weeks.”

The victim said her diagnosis has taken a mental toll on her. “It is hard mentally,” she said. “They had to tell me about programs and medicine and treatments.”

According to documents, Oklahoma police moved to arrest and charge Lacour after evidence revealed he was aware of his HIV diagnosis during sexual activities with people. 

“I am here to tell my story,” Lacour’s victim said. “I am strong. I can do this. I have support.”

The woman also said that others could be at risk. “I just want to tell everyone that they need to get tested and to be careful,” she said. “You never know who someone really is.”

People who may have been sexually involved with Lancour are being urged to get in touch with the police and the local health department. 

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