The identity of a New Zealand man accused of deliberately infecting his sexual partners with HIV has been revealed by a court.
Glenn Richard Albert Mills, a 40-year-old train driver from Auckland, New Zealand, was identified by the Auckland District Court today following pressure from police and media.
Mills was diagnosed HIV positive in May 2007, but allegedly led an “active sex life” since diagnosis and has been accused of infecting five victims, and attempting to infect others.
Mills, who dated in Wellington and Auckland, faces fourteen charges in total. In New Zealand, deliberately infecting someone with HIV carries a prison sentence of 14 years.
Bruce Kilmister, chief executive at Body Positive, New Zealand’s HIV positive support organisation, told ONE News:”Everybody who has had an association with him in the past should come forward for a test.”
During the period since diagnosis, Mills used internet and telephone dating services to meet his victims, some of whom could be as young as 16. Most were male, although one of the victims bringing charges against Mills is a woman, which increases the chances that HIV will have been spread into the heterosexual community.
The court heard that as well as testing HIV positive, Mills also has hepatitis B and chlamydia.
In response to public concern over the charges, Kilmister said: “It’s also a timely reminder that everybody has a responsibility to keep themselves safe and follow safe sex practice.”
Mills is currently being remanded in custody and will appear in court on July 1st for a pre-depositions hearing.
Anyone who wants to get tested should call 0800 HIV LINE (from NZ only).