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Memphis police officer exposed to HIV during prostitution sting

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A woman is behind bars after reportedly exposing a Memphis police officer to HIV. 

The exposure took place during a prostitution sting, and now the officer is taking a battery of medications to combat HIV exposure. 

According to the affidavit, 33-year-old Lela Dillard was picked up during a undercover sting operation at the corner of Jackson Avenue and Gragg Avenue.

Dillard reportedly agreed to have sex for cash, then she was arrested. During the arrest, and officer reportedly asked Dillard if she had anything on her, and Dillard allegedly replied, 'No.' 

During a routine pat down, the officer was reportedly pricked by a needle. Dillard then admitted to having two needles on her, and later admitted to also having HIV. 

"It's always scary when you have had a work-related exposure like this," says certified nurse midwife Nikole Gettings. 

Gettings works with Choices Memphis Center for Reproductive Health and says after a person is exposed, they must undergo testing for up to a year. 

"You're going to have that done one month, six months, and then 12 months after exposure," said Gettings. 

Gettings says when a person is exposed from a needle prick, the chances of contracting HIV are low. 

Memphis Police Director Tony Armstrong released the following statement about the incident: 

“This is another example of the dangers our officersencounter daily while performing their duties. There are potential dangers in performing basic tasks, such as patting down suspects, that could result in life threatening injuries to our officers."

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