29 Jul 2009

More charges against HIV accused

3:16 pm on 29 July 2009

A man accused of knowingly infecting people with HIV faces a raft of new charges relating to seven new complainants.

Glenn Mills, 40, is already facing 14 charges relating to infecting and exposing people to the virus. Six of those complainants are men and one is a woman.

At the Auckland District Court on Wednesday, 14 fresh charges relating to another five men and two women were laid against Mr Mills.

The court was told that of the total of 14 complainants, seven men are HIV positive and the remainder of the complainants are HIV negative.

Police say Mr Mills has been sexually active with men and women in Auckland and Wellington.

Mr Mills was remanded in custody until his next court appearance in September.

The Aids Foundation says there has been a 40% increase in the number of people seeking HIV tests since Mr Mills was charged with knowlingly infecting people with the virus.

Foundation executive director Rachael Le Mesurier says there is a great deal of concern about the case in the community and it has reminded New Zealanders of the need to practise safe-sex.