The man who purposefully spread HIV is going to prison for life.
A British man named Darryl Rowe had been found guilty of five counts of Grievous bodily harm and five counts of attempted GBH. He infected at least five people and tried to infect at least ten within the time frame of October 2015 and January 2016.
As if purposefully infecting gay men wasn’t enough, Rowe took pleasure in terrorizing them after the fact.
One victim alleged that Rowe sent crude and cruel text messages to him after they had sex like, “Maybe you have the fever cos I came inside you and I have HIV, lol. Whoops!”
When Rowe was convicted as guilty, many people celebrated.
The Chief Exectuive of the National AIDs Trust said:
“People living with HIV should not be avoided, feared or discriminated against, even when it comes to sex and dating.”
“Well over 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK, and the vast majority of them cannot pass on the virus to others due to effective medication – this is something most people don’t realize, unfortunately.”
“The Rowe case is the first of its kind in the UK, and is an exceptionally rare thing to encounter. To intentionally transmit HIV is a deplorable crime, one could only commit by avoiding one’s own crucial treatment. Our thoughts are with the victims in this case.”
Also, Detective Inspector Andy Wolstenholme said:
“It will bring some closure to the victims who have been very strong and supportive through the investigation.”
He added: “The victims have demonstrated real strength of character in speaking out about this, and because of this strength and the hard work of the detectives, staff and partners working on the case, a dangerous man, who betrayed the trust of many men, will now be imprisoned.”