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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Georgia Briefs

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ATHENS - Police charged an AIDS-infected Athens man with felony reckless conduct for not telling a woman he had the deadly virus three years ago when the two had sex, Athens-Clarke police said.

The woman only recently learned she, too, has AIDS, and investigators traced back in time - in part, through interviews - to find that 34-year-old Keyvin Shurrod Lyle infected her in 2004, according to police.

Detectives took out a reckless conduct warrant earlier this month, and Lyle was arrested Sunday by officers who responded to a domestic disturbance involving Lyle at a west Athens apartment complex, police said.

Officers ran Lyle's name through the Georgia Crime Information Center's computer database and found that he was wanted on the felony reckless conduct charge, police said.

Lyle also was charged with simple battery on a police officer and obstruction of a law enforcement officer because he resisted arrest and tried to punch an officer on Sunday, police said.

Morris News Service


AUGUSTA - Augusta will be the center of the burn world this week when the city plays host to a regional convention for the American Burn Association.

The 20th annual Southern Region Burn Conference will be held today through Sunday at the Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites. About 250 people from as far away as Brazil and Australia are expected to gather to talk about advances in burn treatment. The direct spending impact of conference attendees alone is expected to be about $235,000, according to the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The city was host to the convention about 15 years ago, said Fred Mullins, the medical director for the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital. The center is the main reason the convention is coming back, and several staff members will be making presentations on advanced burn and wound treatment.

Mullins will present evidence from a clinical trial on a new enzymatic debrider that helps remove dead skin tissue from burns quicker. The center is conducting the safety studies on the treatment, which will likely be submitted to the Food and Drug Administration for approval next year, Mullins said. …

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