Imagine the man you love lying about his HIV status to intentionally infect you with the virus, and then learning what he’s done from a stranger on Facebook. That’s what happened to one San Diego man, who recently told 10News that his boyfriend, Thomas Guerra, did just that.
“I don’t even know who I was living with,” the man, whose identity has not been disclosed, said. “I don’t know who I had fallen in love with. There are many people who are being hurt and could potentially still be hurt. It needs to stop.”
29-year-old Guerra, who is also known as Ashton Chavez, works as a landscape architect. He is now being charged by the San Diego City Attorney’s Office for willfully exposing himself to another person with HIV, a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of six months and $1,000 fine.
His accuser claims that he and Guerra had been in a serious, year-long relationship and had been talking about getting married when he received a Facebook message from an ex-boyfriend of Guerra’s warning him about the man. He soon learned he was HIV-positive. He also claims to have found shocking text messages on Guerra’s phone, bragging to his friends about infecting people.
“Texts where he’s stating he’s negative to people then bragging to others about giving people his ‘positive load.’ It’s crude, it’s… I don’t know how someone could treat another individual like that,” he said.
Now, not only is Guerra’s accuser upset that he is HIV-positive, but also because someone that he loved and trusted would do something like this to him and others. He claims to have evidence that Guerra has infected at least two dozen other men, some of them minors.
“His weapon is using his body to infect these people,” his accuser said. “Why? I don’t know why he’s doing this. He’s forever changing these people’s lives and these people have no clue what’s happening to them.”
Guerra is expected to appear in a downtown San Diego courtroom on Thursday.