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Dozens of Women Seek HIV Testing After 'Town Romeo' Dies From AIDS

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A Romanian funeral, attended by many of the deceased’s lovers, turned into an epic shouting match after it was revealed that the deceased had lost his long-standing battle with AIDS.

The trouble with the announcement was that 24-year-old Daniel Decu had taken the secret to his grave without telling his numerous sexual partners that he had contracted the disease.

Dozens of young women from the Romanian town are now being testing for HIV. It remains unknown if Decu was practicing ‘safe sex,’ but already two women have been confirmed by investigators as having contracted the disease.

Decu’s family doctor, Cornel Stanciu, knew that his patient was suffering from AIDS and tried to make a public announcement after the 24-year-old had a relationship with his daughter.

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Decu’s mother reportedly found out that Stanciu planned to tell citizens of Decu’s condition and she allegedly threatened Stanciu with a lawsuit if the information was released. As a result Stanciu did not speak up and Decu continued on, being described as the “town Romeo.”

Stanciu told investigators, “I knew he had a lot of female friends but there was nothing I could do about it. 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."

Some of his sexual partners were able to find out about Decu’s condition before he died, but so far 40 women have come forward to be tested after hearing the news.

AIDS is the only disease that is mentioned in Romanian law, and knowingly transferring the disease to a partner can come with a jail sentence anywhere from five to 15 years. The law specifies that an individual with AIDS does not have to tell his or her partner about the infection. They do, however, have an obligation to practice safe sex.

Decu’s mother, who was allegedly largely responsible for halting Stanciu’s announcement, is now under investigation by local authorities.

Nicolae Popa, the mayor of Segarcea, told investigators, “The boy's mother is to blame for the terrible situation that we now find ourselves in.”

Source: Daily Mail

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