Man Sent Texts Mocking Lovers He Deliberately Infected With HIV

The man allegedly tampered with condoms, and sent one of the victims a text saying, “I have HIV LOL”.

Daryll Rowe, 26, has been charged with infecting four men with the virus and of attempting to infect a further six between October 2015 and December 2016.

He was living in Brighton at the time of the first eight alleged offenses, before fleeing to the North East while he was under investigation, where he allegedly tried to infect two more men.

Rowe is accused of demanding unprotected sex with his partners, claiming to be free of the virus or of tampering with the condom when they insisted he used one.

His first alleged victim received a text saying: “Maybe you have the fever. I have HIV LOL. Oops!”

Describing their first sexual encounter in a car, the alleged victim said he was frightened of Rowe, but believed him when he said he was free of the virus.

 In his taped police interview, the complainant said he gave Rowe oral sex however he refused to do more. He said Rowe became angry when he refused. He later agreed to unprotected sex, but the two men stopped when a cyclist rode past the car.

The alleged victim said he was not initially concerned about the risk of HIV as Rowe had promised he was clean.

The complainant himself had last had a negative HIV test just days before having sex with Rowe and had no other partners in between.

He later received the text telling him Rowe was HIV positive. The alleged victim was diagnosed as positive in January 2016.

Rowe had been diagnosed with HIV in April 2015 after a sexual health clinic contacted him to tell him a former partner was infected.

Rowe refused vaccination for common illnesses HIV positive patients are susceptible to. Rowe had also refused antiretroviral drugs that would slow the development of the virus and make him less contagious.

The four alleged victims that Rowe infected, all had very similar strains to the one Rowe was infected with, making it highly likely that he was the source of the virus.

After his diagnosis, the complainant received a message from Rowe asking him if he was infected yet.

The alleged victim told the court he lied to Rowe because he didn’t want him to “feel like he had won.”

Rowe then replied: “Give it a few months. Dormant.”

“Not even been three months. Don’t break out the party just yet. Loser. Ha ha,” Rowe later messaged the complainant.

According to UK law, the maximum prison sentence for reckless HIV transmission is five years for each person Rowe is found guilty of infecting.


The Telegraph



  1. David Watts

    October 11, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Yet, in California, he would not have been charged.

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    • Fantastan

      October 11, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      In California the victims would be charged with hate crimes.

    • ranterator

      October 11, 2017 at 10:13 pm

      Just a misdemeanor charge.

  2. Keith Benedict

    October 11, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    More “victims” of the hook-up culture. Here’s an idea: Instead of letting random men stick their members in your mouth and anus, how about you get to know them first?

  3. Typical

    October 11, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Well the good news is, he’ll probably die in pain.

  4. Bobby Barrett

    October 11, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    and now in California it will not be criminal to “willfully” infect someone with HIV.

  5. Pat Patrix

    October 11, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Taking random dicks in the booty is probably not that great of an idea. Maybe a date night or something first.

  6. Syrkai

    October 11, 2017 at 7:41 pm


  7. ranterator

    October 11, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    The last article I read about STDs mentioned that the gov isnt even tracking HIV or herpes. I guess because there are drugs for HIV and herpes is just considered to be common.

  8. Renee Karr Elrod

    October 13, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    He should get life or the death sentence since that is what he gave these men!

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