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Woman Sorry for Exposing Men to HIV

February 20, 1999

LEWISBURG, Tenn. (AP) _ An HIV-infected woman who at first said she had one-night stands as ``revenge″ for contracting the virus from her boyfriend has been sentenced to 26 1/2 years in prison after changing her story.

Pamela Wiser apologized in court Friday to the men she exposed and testified that she just couldn’t say no when they asked her for sex. She denied her earlier statements that she exposed them intentionally.

``I didn’t know what I was thinking. I had a lot on my mind,″ Wiser testified in Circuit Court.

Wiser, 29, pleaded guilty in December to 22 counts of knowingly exposing partners to HIV.

Last summer, Wiser told reporters she contracted HIV from an ex-boyfriend and then had a series of one-night stands with up to 50 men she met at bars in largely rural Bedford and Marshall counties in central Tennessee. She said she never told them she had the AIDS virus.

She retracted that statement, saying she had sex with fewer partners and warned them all that she was HIV-positive. On Friday, Wiser testified she had sex with ``about 18 men _ no less, no more.″

A 1994 state law makes it a felony to knowingly expose another person to HIV, whether or not the victim contracts the virus.

Five of seven men named in the case testified she did not inform them of her medical condition when they had sex with her in 1997 and 1998. One of the seven _ 30-year-old Barry Cozart _ said he has since tested positive for HIV.

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