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Olympic Horse Jumper Darren Chiacchia Arrested in HIV Case

Carrier No. 1038 Reported by on Saturday, May 15, 2010
Darren Chiacchia
Athlete Darren Chiacchia
First Name: Darren
Last Name: Chiacchia
Occupation: Athlete
STD(s): HIV and AIDS
City: Oscala
State/Territory: Florida
Country: United States
Age: 47
Sexual Orientation: Gay
Race: White
Sex: Male
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Height: 5 ft. 1 inches
Weight: 130 lbs.
Infection Date: Thursday, July 31, 2008
Disclosure History: Has failed to inform someone prior to exposure
Information Source: Published Source

Olympic Bronze Medalist Darren Chiacchia was arrested for failing to disclose his HIV status to his former lover and is facing up to 30 years in prison. According to CBS News Chiacchia's ex-boyfriend became suspicious about his medical history from a 2009 email in which he disclosed that he had failed to disclose his secret because he did not trust him.

Chiacchia was 3rd from being on top of the world in 2004 when he won the Bronze Medal as part of the United States Equestrian team. His fall from grace began in 2008 when he suffered a riding accident while preparing for the Beijing Olympics. Chiacchia suffered several broken bones, a temporary coma, and brain damage. It was at that time that he discovered that he is HIV positive.


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