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Club DJ with HIV arrested on probation violation

Posted October 16, 2008

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— A Raleigh man who pleaded guilty in August to charges that he failed to use a condom and notify sexual partners that he has HIV has been arrested on a charge that he violated the terms of his probation.

Joshua Waldon Weaver, 23, was arrested in April on charges brought under North Carolina Administrative Code 10-41 A.02020 (1)(a)(e), which addresses control measures regarding HIV, and North Carolina General Statute 130A-144 (f), which requires all people to comply with measures controlling communicable diseases.

A DJ in Raleigh and Wilmington, Weaver pleaded guilty in August and received a 45-day jail sentence that was suspended and 30 months of supervised probation under the conditions that he comply with the public health laws under which he was charged.

He was also ordered to undergo a mental health and substance abuse assessment and stay away from nightclubs unless he is working.

Weaver was arrested Oct. 8 and was scheduled for a bond hearing Thursday. His probation hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday.

He was in jail Thursday under a $50,000 secured bond.

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  • mjones3 Oct 17, 2008

    The difference between the "classification" HIV+ and AIDS is a T4 cell calculation or measurement. If your Tcells are below 200, you have AIDS, if they are measured over 200 you have HIV. You could have been classified as having AIDS & then your T cells improve (as does your immune system) because you are taking meds and fighting the virus. If all goes well, your tcells continue to multiply and the virus is being defeated (for a lack of better word). You can eventually have an undetectable virus; not erradicated just undetectable. As long as your particular strain of HIV remains the same, does not mutate, and you continue on meds that are working, you can remain undetectable indifinitely....and yes, even after an initial diagnosis of having AIDS.

  • Travised Oct 17, 2008

    Under 103-144 I have some minor issues with that. Some people can be carriers but not show any symptoms of common illnesses that can be spread, and stopped by vaccinations or antibiotics. Not feeling ill or showing any symptoms how is a person to know?

    This of course, is avoiding the large elephant in the room, the fact that the story here the person KNEW. The point I am bringing up is there are other ailments that most often are non deadly, but annoying, however can fall into the same category under the law.

    Do you blame a person for spreading Strep when they show no indications, no fever no swelling. It can be the same for other "common" communicable often seasonal ailments. NOT EVERYBODY shows symptoms.

  • reh4859 Oct 17, 2008

    Well if your blood word comes back HIV+ is indeed "detectable." It has been detected that you are HIV+. I think it's unclear when you are referring to "HIV" and when you are referring to "AIDS". Because these conditions are two separate entities. Some people can go a decade or more with an HIV+ status before developing AIDS. Once an individual develops AIDS, however, that's when they have an immunocompromised status.

  • mjones3 Oct 17, 2008

    FYI...If you are HIV+, and your virus is undetectable, and you take your medications like you should....you will live a full life just like any other healthy functioning person who is not HIV+. Sure, you will have the stigma of this virus, you will have to be monitored every 3-4 months or so to insure the efficacy of your medicines are doing what they should.....but other than that life is full, productive and 100% normal.

  • reh4859 Oct 17, 2008

    Okay. Well here's the problem. A. It has been stated here that we do not know for a fact that these medicines contribute to a longer life expectancy, comparable to a "healthy" individual. B. I never did say that I agreed or disagreed with the whole "death sentence" cry. C. Just because someone is living longer, even if it's not a full life, doesn't mean their quality of life is comparable to those of us who are "healthy". It simply means that they are living longer with the disease. This means having to take more medications, having to pay more for medications (HIV medications are NOT cheap), and constantly having to be aware of one's surroundings because he or she is immunocompromised.

    I never said HIV was a death sentence. I'm just saying, just because people with the disease are living longer doesn't mean they are living better. They're still suffering from the condition.

  • houndie Oct 17, 2008

    Death sentence or not, what he did was WRONG! I work in healthcare and once you develop HIV, it changes your entire life. Some people don't have insurance and can't afford the drugs they need to fight the disease.

  • o6nnc Oct 16, 2008

    thank god he is off the streets. i have two friends confirmed that have been given hiv by him, and his choice to not disclose this information to these people was disheartening. this guy is a wolf in sheep's clothing. anyone in their right mind would not knowingly expose someone else to something potentially deadly. i hope he gets evaluated, and eventually comes to some sort of reckoning that his freelance days of sexual endeavors should be safer/come to an end.

    i am hoping this probation violation will also lead to the end of his connections with these clubs. i personally do not want to see him out again.

    and hopefully the court system will allow for some civil justice, at least he should be paying for my friends health care

  • ccs1920 Oct 16, 2008

    The court should order that this young man super glue his zipper.

  • happymom Oct 16, 2008

    mjones3 is correct. HIV is not a death sentence (and, no, I'm not confused- I work with HIV research. It is now considered a chronic condition, and if an HIV+ takes their meds and doesn't develop resistence, he or she can live a long, healthy life.

    That said, Mr. Sleep-Around knew the law, and his actions are criminal. He deserves prison. Period.

  • ThisIsMyName Oct 16, 2008

    reh4859, my comments are not related to this story but to your comments about life exptancy in regards to HIV infected people. With new medications in the past few years people have the potential to live out a "normal lifespan" without any AIDS related illnesses or death as a result. Enough time has not elapsed yet to see if these new meds will allow HIV infected people to live out a "normal" life by keeping their disease at bay with medication. Many illnesses use to be "death sentances" which are no longer the case these days and HIV infection may become one of those cases.

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