Police arrest HIV positive man who infected over 200 people

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The police force in Italy has arrested a 36-year-old truck driver from Ancona in Italy for allegedly infecting several women with HIV.

A spokesman for police in Ancona said that the man Claudio Pinti had been arrested two days earlier in Italy. Police believe the man who travelled around Italy for work believed may have intentionally passed on the deadly virus to more than 200 sexual partners.

Pinti, has been diagnosed for at least 11 years, but never took precautions nor warned his partners about his condition.

Ancona police said in a written statement. When officers apprehended him, Mr Pinti declared himself a “negationist’” on the existence of HIV, police said.

In a press conference on Wednesday, police said Mr Pinti was a regular user of dating websites and might have infected more than 200 people. He was caught after one of his most recent partners checked herself into a hospital after feeling ill and discovered she had contracted the virus.

Authorities urged potential victims to contact police, and in a breach of usual practice, released a picture of the suspect so people who could recognize him. The police spokesman said several calls have come in and are being verified.

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