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Victim exposed to HIV in Brookings speaks out

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Former SDSU student Demetrius Colaites is accused of intentionally exposing two students to the HIV virus.

Tuesday he pleaded not guilty to two counts of intentionally causing exposure to the HIV virus and one count of sexual contact with a person incapable of giving consent.

We spoke to one of the victims Tuesday afternoon.

"I'm not mad at all," Kysean Gregory, one of the men exposed to HIV, said. "I'm just like why. That's my biggest question, why."

A Virginia native Gregory had no idea that his freshman year at SDSU would involve being exposed to HIV.

Gregory received a voicemail from a detective saying it was urgent.

"It's something serious. And I was like, oh gosh. I went. And she was like, do you know Demetrius? And I was like 'oh God is he dead.' That's what I thought initially. She was like 'he's HIV positive.' Did he tell you and I was like, oh no," Gregory said. 

Gregory said he can't get tested until after December 2 because it takes three months for an HIV test to show up positive if you've been exposed. He hopes others can learn from his story.

"I know that everyone should get tested," he said. "That's why I'm promoting it a lot to get tested and make sure you know your partner's status."

Gregory said he's not mad at Colaites, just confused.

"You can't let it stop what you're doing. You know you can't just shut off everything else. You got to keep on living," Gregory said.

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