A guy in Britain is on trial for deliberately infecting four men with HIV. He apparently used Grindr to hook up with them, and then after pressuring them into unprotected sex, sent text messages taunting them, “I have HIV LOL. Oops!”
Rowe has been charged with purposely infecting four men with HIV and trying to pass the virus to six more from October 2015 to December 2016 in Brighton, England, where he subsequently lived, according to The Guardian. He was first arrested by Sussex police in February 2016 after allegedly infecting two men with HIV.During a court appearance Thursday, prosecutors said that Rowe met partners on Grindr, a gay dating app, and then would ask them to have unprotected sex with him, telling them he did not have HIV, according to the International Business Times. If his partners insisted on using condoms, Rowe allegedly ripped or tampered with them so they wouldn’t be effective.
When you dig into what the British press is reporting, it sounds like this guy is a real sociopath (albeit with really good, Justin Trudeau style hair) who refused treatment for HIV and bullied men into having sex with him.
What’s really nucking futs about this is that if this creep lived in California, he would face less jail time for deliberately infecting people with HIV (six months) than he would for offending a transgendered person for using the “wrong” pronoun (one year).