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.
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.