Knoxville man arrested for criminal HIV exposure

Chadwick Kerchner was arrested and charged with criminal exposure of HIV. (Knox County Sheriff)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- According to court documents, a Knoxville man was arrested on charges of criminal HIV exposure.

Chadwick Kerchner was allegedly intimate with his partner five times before disclosing that he is HIV positive, said a report.

Kerchner had allegedly been in a relationship with the unidentified person for a month.

According to the CDC, there are treatment options for HIV positive individuals that can make the sexual transmission of the virus extremely unlikely.

Medication known as antiretroviral therapy (ART) can reduce the amount of HIV virus in the blood to undetectable levels and stop the symptoms of the virus from progressing.

It is unknown if Chadwick Kerchner was being treated with ART at the time of his arrest.