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Prostitute With AIDS Virus Ordered To Identify Customers

August 9, 1986

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ A judge has ordered a convicted prostitute who allegedly carries the AIDS virus to identify sexual partners who may have been exposed to the virus and to refrain from prostitution.

Hennepin County District Judge Franklin Knoll signed the order Friday. The judge also ordered Rea Robinson to identify to the state public health department anyone she may have endangered by sharing hypodermic needles.

Robinson, 28, had not been served with the order, her attorney, Phillip Villaume, said Friday. He said he would challenge it on the grounds that it violates her constitutional rights.

Robinson was arrested in March on a prostitution charge, and a city vice officer told a municipal judge that the woman had been tested three months earlier and was found to be carrying the virus of the deadly acquired immune deficiency syndrome. A memo filed with the court said Robinson had violated her agreement to cooperate with health officials, undergo counseling and refrain from behavior that could harm others. The memo she said she had past convictions for both prostitution and drug law violation.

Robinson is an immediate danger to the public health, the memo said.

Experts say AIDS is transmitted most often through sexual contact, and can also be transmitted through sharing of contaminated needles by drug abusers.

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