Test urged for those who had sex with Robinson

UPDATE: Queensland Health is concerned people who may have had unprotected sex with a HIV positive man may be at risk of contracting HIV.

Queensland Health Deputy Director General, Dr Michael Cleary, said the man, Alick Frank Robinson, 51, from the Sunshine Coast area is believed to have had unprotected sex with several people, one of whom has since tested positive to the virus.

"This is an unusual situation because the majority of people living with HIV are very careful not to place anyone else at risk of infection," Dr Cleary said.

"Under normal circumstances confidential information would not be released to the general public.

"However this man's name has been released by the court and in the interest of public health and identifying people who may have been placed at risk of HIV infection, information is being released."

Dr Cleary said the best way to protect against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections was to always have safe sex by using a condom.

"People who have had unsafe sex should get regular sexual health checks from their general practitioner or sexual health clinic to test for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections," Dr Cleary said.

Anyone with concerns about their risk from sexual contact with Mr Robinson can call contact 13Health for further advice and support.


More victims of HIV infected man could come forward

A SUNSHINE Coast man who is alleged to have infected a woman with HIV may have had unprotected sex with others.

Police prosecutor Senior Sergeant David Bradley suggested more victims could come forward as he spoke against an application by the man's lawyer to close the Maroochydore Magistrates Court for his first appearance yesterday.

But Snr Sgt Bradley and a lawyer representing the Sunshine Coast Daily, Channel 7 and WIN Television argued that the court should remain open as it was a matter of public interest.

"It is fair to assume that the defendant, in the nature of his occupation (as a cook) and where he was, has come into contact with more partners than we know about at this stage," Snr Sgt Bradley said.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy decided she had no power to close the court under the circumstances or suppress the man's name.

Alick Frank Robinson, 51, of Coolum, is charged with committing an act to cause grievous bodily harm or transmit a serious disease.

The court was told that two women claimed Mr Robinson had unprotected sex with them without declaring he was HIV positive.

Snr Sgt Bradley said so far one had tested positive for the illness.

He said Mr Robinson had run an exotic massage service in the past and had used the services of prostitutes without disclosing his HIV status.

"At the end of the day, the onus was on him to properly disclose that," Snr Sgt Bradley said.

He said the man's name should be published so that other people who might have unwittingly been exposed to HIV could have tests.

Responding to claims that the man was not an attention seeker, Snr Sgt Bradley said a quick Google search revealed Mr Robinson had masqueraded as an SAS officer and promoted an annual Christmas lights display.

Mr Robinson fronted court in the morning wearing a face mask and bandages on his arms and shuffling slowly with walking sticks, but did not return in the afternoon when the application to close the court was heard.

Legal aid solicitor Clare Boothman said that Mr Robinson was in stage three of the virus - an advanced stage - and had gone to the doctor and hospital.

She sought to keep the matter out of an open court because of the stigma and vilification that people with HIV could suffer.

Ms Boothman said a woman who cared for Mr Robinson also was concerned for her safety and for her property if his identity became public.

The magistrate found that the woman had reasonable concerns and it would be a "terrible situation" if that eventuated.

However, Ms Hennessy said she was not satisfied that reason existed to restrict access to the court.

She also noted that she did not appear to have the power to suppress his name.

Mr Robinson was remanded for committal mention on May 27.

He must return to the court to sign bail documents as soon as he is released from hospital.

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