Indiana man charged with donating infected plasma

(Provided Photo/WSBT)

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Indiana police say a 31-year-old man has been charged with donating plasma even though he knew he’s HIV-positive.

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

Williams had previously tried to donate plasma at BioLife three other times, but he was denied because of high blood pressure.

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

Police say Williams eventually told investigators that he donated the infected plasma because he was recently laid off and needed money.

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.

Note: Williams’ mug shot is from a previous arrest. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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