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UK Hairdresser Accused of Purposefully Infecting Partners He Met on Grindr with HIV

Friday Oct 6, 2017

A hairdresser from Edinburgh, Scotland is currently standing trial, accused of purposefully infecting at least ten men he met on Grindr with HIV, The Guardian reports.

Daryll Rowe, 26, is accused of having unprotected sex with partners, after allegedly telling them he was HIV negative. He is also accused of poking holes in condoms when partners insisted protection be used.

Rowe is charged with infecting four men with HIV and attempting to infect six additional men between October 2015 and December 2016. He denies the charges.

The newspaper reports Rowe allegedly sent text messages to partners after intercourse, mocking them by telling them he is HIV-positive and they could be at risk of getting the disease.

"Maybe you have the fever. I came inside you, and I have HIV LOL. Oops!" the hairdresser allegedly sent one man after an encounter. In a phone call to another partner, Rowe allegedly told him, "I ripped the condom. You're so stupid. You didn't even know."

Another man had only one partner prior to Rowe, who he said he considered a boyfriend, The Guardian reports.

Prosecutor Caroline Carberry called Rowe's alleged behavior "a cynical and deliberate campaign to infect other men with HIV."

Rowe was diagnosed with HIV in April 2015. Carberry said doctors found he was coping well with the diagnosis but grew concerned when he refused a vaccination for common illness as people with HIV are susceptible. They were also worried when he refused antiretroviral drugs, which slow the development process of HIV.

"He was warned he could be prosecuted for passing [HIV] on or even putting someone at risk of contracting HIV from him," Carberry said, according to The Guardian. "He told his doctors he was not going to engage in any unprotected sex again, but failed to attend further appointments in Edinburgh and by this time he had moved to Brighton.

"He had no obvious family or other connections in the area, although he had been in communication online on a dating app, Grindr, with a number of men," she added. "Through Grindr, the prosecution says, he was in contact with men that he would later go on to infect or attempt to affect with HIV."

The newspaper notes the trail is expected to continue for six weeks.

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