The news release said Taylor is considered to have a high HIV viral load and that he has not sought treatment for many years.
"Due to Taylor's work in the sex trade and high-risk lifestyle, detectives from the Edmonton Police Service's sexual assault section believe that there could be additional complainants who may have engaged in sexual relations with the accused, without being informed by Taylor of his medical history , "The news release stated.
Anthony Lee Taylor, 28, was charged with aggravated sexual assault on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 for failing to disclose to a sexual partner that he was HIV positive. Police say Taylor works in the sex trade and released his photo to identify others who may have contracted the disease.
Taylor sometimes presents as a woman and goes by a number of aliases including Alex, Nikki, Tatiana and / or Tiana, police said.
Laura Keegan, director of public engagement with HIV Edmonton, said police were allowed under current law to release sensitive health information about people in such cases, but criticized the decision.
"We can not comment on this particular case, however we stand by the fact that the current Canadian Criminal Code on HIV non-disclosure is a disproportionate response to non-disclosure of HIV status," she wrote in an email. "In fact, the very disproportionate response only fuels more stigma and discrimination."
"HIV Edmonton believes in using our public health system and Alberta Health Services to assist in reaching previous partners and does not condone the Edmonton Police Services decision to release sensitive personal health information," she wrote.
Police urged anyone who had sex with the accused without knowing his medical history to visit a doctor and to call them on the police non-emergency line.