Not only does Dominique Strauss-Kahn have to worry about a possible prison sentence, but now he also has reason to be concerned about coming into contact with the HIV/AIDs virus. The alleged victim of the IMF chief's sexual assault lives in a Bronx apartment rented exclusively for adults with HIV or AIDS.
The hotel maid is a West African immigrant, and has occupied the fourth floor of the building with her 15-year-old daughter since January. Before that, she had lived in another apartment since 2008 that was set aside by Harlem Community AIDS United for adults with the virus and their families.
At least one adult in the household must be HIV-positive or have AIDS to qualify for the apartment, and infected children are not eligible. Deductive logic indicates that the woman very likely was infected, although we cannot ascertain this for sure due to medical confidentiality laws.
The woman's lawyer, Jeffrey Shapiro, as well as a close family friend said that she is a widow and lives alone with her daughter.
The woman accuses Dominique Strauss-Kahn, France's leading presidential contender, of forcing her to perform oral sex on him twice, and then trying to rape her while she cleaned his Sofitel hotel room in Manhattan on Saturday.
The Centers for Disease Control says:
"It is possible for either partner to become infected with HIV through performing or receiving oral sex."
Strauss-Kahn, 62, is currently being held without bail and was on Monday placed under suicide watch at Rikers Island.