Update: HIV Positive Boxer Falsified Test Results, Officials Say

Update (November 29): 

CAMDEN, Ark. - An Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) spokesperson told ESPN that the HIV test results submitted to the Arkansas Athletic Commission were falsified. 

An HIV-positive boxer was allowed to fight on Nov. 11 by the Arkansas State Athletic Commission despite going against federal law and a warning about the boxer's status from the national Association of Boxing Commissions because it accepted falsified test results the fighter gave the commission.

"The ADH is beginning to contact and provide follow-up testing to anyone in contact with the fighter,"  Meg Mirivel, public information officer for the ADH said. She told ESPN, "In addition, we will be working with the Arkansas Athletic Commission to change regulations to require blood work for every fighter in Arkansas going forward."

Mirivel said it was apparent upon review that the test results were constructed from two different results -- an older negative test result on the same paper with a more recent date, "and they made it look like a current [negative] result." Mirivel added, "We were informed that there might be a potentially HIV-positive fighter on the card, so we asked for test results from all the boxers. It's not something in the commission rules and regulations. They provided us with their own results. We're trying to make sure that doesn't happen again. We are definitely looking into how to prevent that."

ESPN reported that the commission did not test the fighters itself, nor did a lab associated with the commission, but rather the commission relied on each boxer on the card to provide his own test results.

ADH officials say the investigation is still ongoing. 

Original story: 

CAMDEN, Ark. - A report shows that the Arkansas State Athletic Commission allowed an HIV positive boxer to fight earlier this month, even after a warning. Which is agaist federal law. 

According to Dan Rafel of ESPN, the fight happened Nov. 11 at the Boys and Girls Club in Camden. 

The fighter's name has not been made public due to medical privacy.

The President of the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) tells ESPN he's already suspended from boxing in Florida because of a positive HIV test. 

Even if the boxer tested negative in an Arkansas-issued blood test, the state still broke federal law.

ESPN's report states that blood-testing boxers as part of medical exams in order to receive a license in Arkansas is not mandatory. It is federal law that commissions check the Fight Fax suspension list before issuing a license. If a fighter is on the suspension list, only the state issuing the suspension is allowed to remove it. 

Arkansas's Health Department says it's investigating. 

We will keep you updated. 


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