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Publishing photo of HIV man leads to discovery of yet another HIV-positive victim from years ago
The police's radical step of going public with the photograph of a 24-year-old Rovaniemi man suspected of having intentionally spread HIV through unprotected sex has led to four new women voluntarily coming forward as suspected victims. In the first tests one of them has indicated positive for the virus.
"After having seen the photograph, the woman approached the police and was tested for HIV. It turned out that the woman, born in 1980, has unknowingly been HIV positive since 2003. Now she will receive treatment", explains Chief Inspector Jukka Haataja from the Rovaniemi police.
Of the last four women who have come forward, three are from the city of Rovaniemi in Northern Finland near the Arctic Circle, and one is from the south of the country. Three of the women were on the police list of suspected victims.
Twenty-two of Aki Hakkarainen’s victims have filed a report of an offence against him. Three of them have contracted the HI-virus, and the first test of a further two proved positive.
These two have to wait for the results of the second test for about a week.
In December 2005, Hakkarainen received a conditional sentence of one year and nine months for a similar offence. He raised no objections to the publication of his picture by police, stating that he wished to assist in making sure that all those partners who might have been infected could be reached.
The police justified the action of publishing personal information in this way on grounds of safeguarding health, and for investigative reasons.