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Husband warns public about HIV wife

world Updated: Dec 30, 2008 14:41 IST

A Toronto man, who was infected with the HIV virus by his stripper ex-wife, is pleading for other men who may have had sex with her to get tested for the disease.

"I know there were other men she slept with," Percy Whiteman claimed on Monday of his ex, Suwalee Iamkhong, who's fighting deportation from Canada. "I am lucky that I was able to find out early."

Iamkhong, 39, arrived in Canada from Thailand in 1995 and danced at Toronto's Zanzibar Tavern for most of her career, which lasted until 2004.

No evidence

While Whiteman alleges his former wife had sex with other men, no evidence has yet been presented publicly.

She was sentenced in August 2007 to three years in jail after being convicted of criminal negligence causing bodily harm for infecting Whiteman with HIV. Whiteman, who married Iamkhong in 1997, told court that he didn't know she had AIDS until the woman fell ill in 2004.

The Canadian government wants to deport Iamkhong, who is being detained in an immigration holding facility. A final deportation date has not been set.

Whiteman sponsored Iamkhong and according to immigration laws, is financially responsible for her until 2011.

"I don't think justice was fully served," he said. "She should have been deported a long time ago for what she's done to others."

Whiteman has since founded Positive Survivors Living with HIV AIDS to help men in similar situations.

'Life at stake'

"She lied and she put some-one's life at stake," he said. "I've gotten a life sentence and I know there are others out there."

Iamkhong told an immigration hearing she did not believe she had HIV despite a positive test.

She claimed to be involved with the Thai AIDS community and contended she will not be able to afford medication if deported.

Deportation action against Iamkhong began last year when it was discovered that she was not a Canadian citizen and had a criminal record. A last-ditch appeal to the Federal Court to quash the deportation was tossed out this month because of the conviction.

"Persons in Canada who are not citizens may be removed from Canada if they have been convicted of serious criminality," Justice Russel Zinn said.