Man jailed for lying to girlfriends and knowingly infecting them with HIV

A man who deliberately lied to two women about his HIV status and then infected them with the virus has been jailed for five years.

He even refused the help offered to him by doctors, a court heard.

Japhet Osei kept his condition a secret and passed on the STI to two victims.

The 23-year-old Osei did not use protection with a 17-year-old girl and encouraged a cautious second woman into having unsafe sex because she was his girlfriend.

He even lied that a sexual health clinic check-up had found he was negative and showed her a text message to prove it.

Not only did Osei conceal that he was HIV positive, he kept secret that his particularly high viral count meant it was more likely he would infect partners through unprotected sex.

Both women, who cannot be identified for legal reasons and were referred to as Miss A and Miss B throughout legal proceedings, quickly fell ill and tests showed Osei had passed the virus onto each of them.

Expert analysis found they shared exactly the same strain of the virus.

Osei, of Beecham Road, Reading, admitted two counts of causing grievous bodily harm and came before Reading Crown Court to be sentenced today.

Alan Blake, prosecuting, explained that Osei had been diagnosed with the virus in February 2014 as a 19-year-old.

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