The woman who caused a stir on the Internet this week with a video in which she says she has infected more than 500 people with HIV told The Detroit News today that she does not have the virus.
"I don't have AIDS," Jackie Braxton, 23, said in an interview. "I made the tape because I wanted to raise awareness about AIDS."
Police picked up Braxton at a college she attends downtown and immediately took her to the city's health department to be tested for the virus that causes AIDS. The test results are confidential, but Braxton said she does not have HIV.
The video, posted on IMWIDDSTUPIDD.com, generated several calls to the Detroit Police Department on Wednesday and Thursday.
Braxton said she feels "bad" about making the video that has spread panic among Metro Detroiters and others around the country. But, she said she felt her tape served its purpose when she went to the city's health department this morning and saw people waiting to get tested for AIDS.
Braxton, who uses the stage name "Fame" and has a 5-year-old daughter, admitted she made the videotape to market her own porn site, which she says she operates with her husband. Braxton's video on the Mediatakeout.com site had recorded more than 430,000 hits by Thursday evening.
Braxton also told The Detroit News she makes porn videos with her husband.
Police do not know yet if criminal charges can be levied against Braxton because they don't know if she has broken any laws. Failure to disclose to a sex partner that you have HIV/AIDS is a felony.
"We are 100-percent positive it was a hoax," said Deputy Chief James Tolbert.
SOURCE: The Detroit News
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