Saturday 22 February, 2020

Gay British man jailed for infecting men with HIV using Grindr

An HIV-positive, gay British man was convicted of deliberately sharing it with male partners through male dating app Grindr, and has been sentenced to jail for life with a minimum term of 12 years.

According to a BBC report, 27-year-old Daryll Rowe infected five men he had sex with and also sabotaged condoms of another five men in Brighton and Northumberland.

Rowe, whose crimes were branded a ‘hateful campaign of sly violence’ is the first man in the UK to be found guilty of intentionally acting to spread the virus.

Rowe met the men using gay dating app Grindr and had sex with eight of them in Brighton between October 2015 and February 2016, before moving to Northumberland after he was hunted by police. He then targeted two more men.

Rowe then sent the men text messages after the act, making jokes and letting them know he was HIV positive.

Rowe, from Brighton, was convicted of five counts of causing Grievous Bodily Harm and five of attempted Grievous Bodily Harm.

His victims said after they learned of their conditions they considered suicide, suffering psychological and physical damage.

Grindr to hide users’ HIV status

On Monday, Grindr announced it would stop sharing its users' HIV status with analytics companies.

Chief security officer Bryce Case told BuzzFeed News on Monday it decided to stop sharing information with Localytics to allay people's fears.

Localytics and Apptimize were paid to test and monitor how the app is used. The company says the firms are under "strict contractual terms that provide for the highest level of confidentiality."

Grindr says data that may include location or information from HIV status fields are "always transmitted securely with encryption."

Grindr says it's important to remember it is a public forum and users have the option to post information about their HIV status and date when last tested. It says its users should carefully consider what information they list in their profiles.

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