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HIV carrier infected more than 30 women

28 October 2017

An Italian man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for infecting more than 30 women with the HIV virus, after having deliberately having unprotected sex with them.

Women who testified at Tullato's trial described being seduced, often after meeting on social media, and then being convinced to have unprotected sex.

Some of his victims embraced and burst into tears when the verdict was announced, reporters who were present said.

Police believe he had sex with at least 53 women between 2006 - when Talluto discovered he was HIV-positive - and his arrest in November 2015.

Thirty-two women became infected with the virus, as well as four partners of the women and one eight-month-old baby.

Cheating Valentino juggled up to six relationships at a time, wining and dining women before telling them he had fallen in love with them. Some of the women said they had requested Talluto to wear a condom during sexual relations, but he either told them he was allergic to them or lied and told the women he was not infected with HIV.

Numerous women discovered they were HIV-positive by chance due to health problems or after they learned of Talluto's arrest.

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Talluto's defence lawyers had argued their client's actions were "imprudent, but not intentional".

Many of Talluto's victims were students, some mothers. The youngest of the victims was 14 years old at the beginning of her relationship with the defendant while the oldest was around 40.

Each described the horrors of HIV, including the stigma, which distanced even family members, and the ordeal of treatment. Others only discovered they had HIV after they heard of Talluto's arrest. Prosecutors had asked for a life sentence, and Friday's ruling could be subject to appeal.

During a court appearance in September, Prosecutor Elena Neri said Talluto's actions were meant to "sow death".

They say that I wanted to infect as many people as possible.

Talluto's mother died when he was four and was a drug addict infected with HIV.

HIV carrier infected more than 30 women