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Pauls Valley man accused of intentionally spreading HIV

By: Sara Humphrey Email
By: Sara Humphrey Email

PAULS VALLEY, OK - An HIV positive man living in Pauls Valley is accused of having unprotected sex with several women and investigators say there could be many more victims.

23-year-old Chris Sylve is in the Grady County jail facing multiple charges. Authorities said he intentionally exposed countless women to the HIV virus after he was diagnosed in 2005.

Now the Garvin County Sheriff is urging anyone who had sexual contact with Sylve to contact a doctor.

Nicole Sylve is Chris Sylve's wife and she's expecting their first child.

"I was pregnant in October 2011 and that's when I found out I had HIV," Nicole said.

She said she is devastated Sylve has not only exposed her and possibly her baby to the HIV virus but dozens of other women.

"He had admitted to me that he had slept with 80 plus women, but it could be more than that," Nicole said.

Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes said tips from Sylve's acquaintances led him to believe Sylve was frequenting the Pauls Valley area.

Sheriff Rhodes said after a brief conversation with Sylve, he turned himself in to the Grady County Sheriff's Office for an outstanding warrant.

"We had a few people contact us here in Pauls Valley," Sheriff Rhodes said. "Of course we strongly recommend anyone contact their personal physician or the health department of their county for any testing. If they think they may have been a victim of Chris Sylve in Garvin County then contact us and we will certainly take a look at any crimes that have been committed."

The Grady County DA said Sylve is being held on a $1 million dollar bond and right now Sylve faces seven counts of second degree rape and two counts of intending to transfer HIV, among other charges.

"We have an ongoing investigation and we anticipate additional charges being filed either today or later in the week," District Attorney Jason Hicks said.

Nicole said she hopes by coming forward, she'll encourage other women her husband may have infected to do the same.

"I feel so sorry for all those girls that may have it," Nicole said. "If they do, I think justice should be served for him not telling because it's a serious matter. It's a killing matter."

Nicole said she is now looking forward to starting a new chapter in life with her baby boy.

"The baby only has a two percent chance [of contracting HIV] because they caught it in time," Nicole said.

For information on how to get tested for HIV in Oklahoma log on to: http://www.ok.gov/health/

Texas:
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/


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