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SDSU students react to charges of man accused of spreading HIV

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A former SDSU student is accused of exposing two other students to the virus that causes Aids.

"He is charged with two separate charges of intentionally causing exposure to HIV infection and those are both Class Three felonies," said Brookings County State's Attorney.

Demetrius Colaites is in the Brookings County Jail. If convicted, he could spend decades behind bars.

College is typically a time where you are constantly meeting new people and living on your own for the first time.

Shock and disbelief that something like this could happen in South Dakota is why many students told us Friday evening.

"I mean it happens in Brookings, South Dakota. Who would have thought," said Kaylen Larson, SDSU sophomore.

HIV. It's a disease we're all well aware of but it's not something we often see in the headlines anymore.
 
"You don't think about that kind of thing happening. You hear about rape and you hear about drugs but you don't usually hear about the spread of HIV and how close it is," said Larson.

Friday classes are over. Students are ready to let loose.

But on the SDSU campus, many students told us they are going to err on the side of caution.

"You think you can trust people, especially here in South Dakota but this makes you think twice before you go to any party or do anything you wouldn't normally do," said Megan Jordre, SDSU sophomore.
 
"I'm a little careless in South Dakota. I mean I don't really think about being safe around people here because it doesn't happen. It makes you think twice," said Morghan Deiss, SDSU sophomore.

Students told us that they feel safe at SDSU and for something like this to happen on a campus where everyone knows everyone was very surprising.

"I've seen this person. I've never talked to this person but its weird to think that I've seen him and just knowing that its happened," said Larson.

"This is South Dakota so it's kind of scary that something like that would happen here. "I'm definitely going to keep my door locked from now on," said Jordre.

According to court papers, Colaites has been HIV positive since birth. He will appear in court next Tuesday.

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