Eight women tested HIV positive after discovering that their ex-lover had the virus. However, they only discovered his condition at his funeral.
Romanian man Daniel Decu’s funeral was attended by a number of his former lovers — though none of them allegedly knew how he died, the Daily Mirror reports. At his funeral, however, the truth was revealed by an autopsy and coroner's report.
Decu, 25, died of tuberculosis; however, this is often the result of HIV, according to the Mirror.
Decu reportedly contracted HIV as a young child while in the hospital, and his mother often gave him lectures about living with HIV.
“Dani went to the psychologist to prepare himself for living with the virus, and I told him he had to use protection," Decu's mother, Elena Secu, said, according to the Mirror. "I was telling it to him from the age of 12. My boy had condoms in his pocket all the time."
Following the revelation at the funeral, an investigation was launched to determine the number of sexual partners the young man had in his lifetime, and they were then contacted and notified of the risk. The investigation even stretched to Italy, where he spent a year before returning to Romania before his death.
“I want this case to be resolved, and for my boy to rest in peace in his grave," Secu said. "He died because of tuberculosis, not from any complications as a result of suffering from the HIV virus."
Decu’s doctor, Dr. Cornel Stanciu, knew of his condition and attempted to make it public after his daughter began having a relationship with the young man.
“I knew he had a lot of female friends but there was nothing I could do about it,” he said.
Secu reportedly threatened a lawsuit after she learned that the doctor was preparing to make Decu's condition public.
In total, 40 women were reportedly tested for the virus following Decu’s funeral. Ten women in total were confirmed to be HIV positive, with eight of them being tested after the funeral.
“The boy's mother is to blame for the terrible situation that we now find ourselves in,” Nicolae Popa, the mayor of the city of Segarcea — where Decu lived — said.
Secu, however, said that all of Decu's lovers knew of his condition, and she added that she welcomes the investigation.
In Romania, transmission of the virus by a person who knows he or she is infected can result in between five and 15 years in jail.