YARDLEY, Pa. (FOX 29) - Authorities are warning of possible health risks following the arrest of a Yardley man accused of prostituting himself while knowing he had HIV.
Mark Andrew Kernan, 57, who resides at Yardley Commons, was arraigned Wednesday on felony charges, including prostitution, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and criminal use of a communication facility.
According to investigators, they believe Kernan has used his residence as a house of prostitution since at least Dec. 2017 and previously lived in Philadelphia.
In an affidavit of probable cause, Kernan indicated to police he knew he lives with HIV. It is not immediately clear how long Kernan has been living with the virus.
“This is a public health issue. We are not making morality judgments here,” said DA Matt Weintraub. “If you’ve had sexual contact with this man, seek a medical evaluation immediately.”
Anyone who believes they have been victimized is asked to call Bucks County Detective Lt. Robert Gorman at 215.340.8141.