The funeral of Romania’s Daniel Decu, 25, turned nasty when his many former lovers who attended found out he had HIV.
Eight women have so far tested positive, joining the two who had already been confirmed to be carrying the AIDS-causing virus, news.com.au reports.
As many as 40 other sexual partners of Decu are known to be undergoing tests, though more are suspected of doing so in private.
And now his mother Elena and anyone else who knew about his condition are being investigated for allegedly keeping it a secret.
Decu knew he had the virus since he was 5 years old and was registered as a carrier, but only after a coroner’s report was published did his health become public.
His family physician said he wanted to publicize Decu’s HIV status when he found out the boy was having a relationship with his daughter, but Decu’s mother threatened to sue him.
The doctor said,
I started to warn them, but from the moment they told me to stay silent and not say anything, I didn’t. I’m not surprised that we now are in the position that we are, because he had many female friends.
His mother, however, claims that all of her sons’ lovers knew about the virus.
They all knew, I don’t know why they are saying these things now? Dani went to the psychologist to prepare himself for living with the virus, and I told him he had to use protection, I was telling it to him from the age of 12. My boy had condoms in his pocket all the time.
She also said that Decu didn’t grow ill until he moved to Italy for a year. He came back looking pale and sickly and died about a year after his return.
Decu’s death is attributed to tuberculosis, and while his mother insists that this had nothing to do with HIV, news.com.au reports that 25 percent of people who die with HIV do so from tuberculosis.
Romanian law states that transmitting AIDS under the knowledge that one has the disease can be punished by anywhere from five to 15 years in prison.
That person does not necessarily have to inform the partner of his or her condition, according to news.com.au, but merely use protection whenever having sex.
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