Indiana man charged with donating infected plasma

ELKHART, Ind. - An Indiana man was charged with donating plasma even though he knew he was HIV-positive, police said.

James Darrell Williams, 31, of Elkhart faces four felony charges after donating plasma at BioLife, WSBT-TV  reported. The charges include three counts of attempting to transfer contaminated body fluids and one count of transferring contaminated body fluids.

Williams tried to donate plasma at BioLife three other times, but he was denied because of high blood pressure. Police said he successfully donated plasma Jan. 28.

BioLife said it caught his HIV-infected donation before it was given to a patient. The company said sterile equipment is used and immediately disposed of after every donation. BioLife said samples of plasma donations are then sent to a lab to be screened.

Police said Williams initially denied receiving positive HIV test results. A probable cause affidavit says he tested positive for HIV in 2009.

Police said Williams eventually told investigators that he donated the infected plasma because he was recently laid off and needed money. BioLife pays people $30 per plasma donation.

Williams is being held in the Elkhart County Jail on $25,000 bond. A message seeking comment was left with the public defender's office Friday.

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