[Update]Italy: 36-year-old man sentenced to 16 years imprisonment for alleged HIV transmission

March 15, 2019

Source: IOL News, March 14, 2019

Italian man who infected women with HIV sentenced to 16 years

Rome – An Italian man who contracted the HIV virus and passed it on to women he slept with was convicted Thursday of voluntary manslaughter and causing serious injuries and jailed for 16 years and eight months.

CX, 35, was tried by a court in Ancona, the ANSA news agency said. His lawyers are considering whether to appeal, it added.

The man was arrested last year after one of his victims reported him to police. She was a plaintiff in the trial. Another one, said to have been X’s full-time girlfriend, died in June 2017, ANSA said.

X has declared himself a “negationist” on the existence of HIV, which is known to cause acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Life expectancy for HIV/AIDS patients has greatly increased in recent years, but the disease is still a major cause of death.

When they arrested him in 2018, police described X as a regular user of dating websites who could have infected more than 200 people, having had HIV for more than 10 years. But his trial hinged on only two documented cases.

HIV man may have infected over 200 women

Truck driver arrested for criminal injury

(ANSA) – Rome, June 13 – A 36-year-old truck driver from Ancona has been arrested for allegedly passing on HIV to women via unprotected sexual intercourse, sources said Wednesday. The suspect travelled all over Italy for work and it is feared he infected over 200 women. The man, who denied having the virus although he suffered from it for at least nine years, was arrested for alleged criminal injury.
    Police will launch an appeal to trace the potential victims, some of whom may have been contacted by the suspect via social networks and online chats.

Published in Ansa News on June 14, 2018