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Rowe had stopped taking retroviral drugs and also suffered herpes, which increases the chance of infection, the jury was told.Ms Carberry QC told the jury Daryll Rowe met eight men in Sussex and two more in the north east.
In one text message he said: 'Maybe you have the fever because I came inside you and I have HIV. ' He would incessantly message and call them and leave abusive and insulting messages for them.
In one message he told a victim: 'I ripped the condom. You didn't even know.' The court heard he then repeated the abuse when he called the victim and laughed out loud down the phone.
The victim then tested positive for HIV which showed he had a strain of the virus similar to that suffered by Rowe.
Rowe was arrested and in an interview with officers he claimed he was not HIV positive and had not met with or had sex with the two men, who had up until then complained.
He was bailed to an address in Berwick, Northumberland and by the time of the second interview a number of other alleged victims had come forward.