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Sentencing of Daryll Rowe today for intentional HIV transmission - NAT comment

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Daryl Rowe is to be sentenced today for the intentional transmission of HIV to five men and for attempting to infect a further five.

Deborah Gold, Chief Executive of NAT (National AIDS Trust) said: “People living with HIV should not be avoided, feared or discriminated against, including 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 realise, 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 which one could only commit by avoiding one’s own crucial treatment. Our thoughts are with the victims in this case.”

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