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HIV positive man 'infected partner deliberately'

JAILED: Nkosinati Mabandam, 44, has been jailed for four years after deliberately infecting his partner with HIV

A MAN who admitted deliberately infecting his girlfriend with HIV has been jailed for four years.

Nkosinati Mabanda, 44, from Horseshoe Drive, in Heath Hayes, Cannock, was sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court after admitting to "unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm."

His victim, a woman from Darlaston, discovered Mabanda was HIV positive after finding a text message from his secret fiancée on his mobile phone.

When the two women began to talk, his fiancée advised the victim to get an HIV test.

It came back positive and Mabanda was immediately reported to police in April 2009.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that Mabanda, originally from Zimbabwe, had sex with at least eight other women.

Detectives said they were unable to trace all of the women.

DISTURBING

Superintendent Jan Thomas-West, from West Midlands Police, said: “The particularly disturbing element of this case is Mabanda’s blasé attitude towards his victim and his various other partners.

"Mabanda told officers that he had had sex with nine women in the UK and that seven of them had not known he was HIV positive. Unfortunately, these women were impossible to trace.

"He seems to have shown no regard for the health of others or the potential life sentence he may have passed on to anyone who had sex with him. His victim will remain on medication forever and her life expectancy has been reduced as a direct result of his actions."

STIGMA

Lisa Power, policy director for sexual health charity, Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) said: "Most people who know they have HIV make every effort to avoid passing the virus on. However, around a quarter are unaware
they could be passing it on as they haven't tested, and some other people find it hard to admit, for fear of people's reactions. When you see the sort of prejudices still exhibited, that's no surprise.”

Power added: “High profile cases such as this are intended to deter people from taking risks, but as often as not, they have the opposite effect of driving people underground.

"We urge anyone having difficulty with disclosing their HIV status or managing safer sex to ring us confidentially at THT Direct and get help. And we urge anyone's who's put themselves at risk of HIV or other STIs to get tested and treated."

Figures show that one in four people with HIV are unaware of their status.

"Anyone having sex with a new partner should take responsibility for their own sexual health and insist on condoms. Not only may someone feel unable to
tell you they have HIV, they may not know themselves," said Power.

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