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He was told about the treatments available but stunned medical staff in his home city of Edinburgh by informing them he did not want to take anti-retroviral drugs.
He then failed to attend further follow-up appointments in September and October 2015 because he had already moved to Brighton to embark on his plan.
He was found guilty of five counts of causing grievous bodily harm and five of attempting to cause GBH today in a prosecution hailed as the first of its kind.
When the first two men were diagnosed with HIV, police swooped and arrested Rowe who subsequently denied having HIV and claimed he had never met the men concerned.Speaking after his convictions today, Detective Inspector Andy Wolstenholme said: 'This trial is the first time that a person has been charged and convicted of deliberately infecting others with HIV in the country.'The verdict today is very welcome. ' Two dock officers have been sacked for falling asleep during Daryll Rowe's trial.It will bring some closure to the victims who have been very strong and supportive through the investigation. They were removed from court proceedings after being reported for snoring.Caroline Carberry QC told Lewes Crown Court: 'Daryll Rowe embarked on a cynical and deliberate campaign to infect other men with HIV, having high risk sexual intercourse knowing he was highly infectious.'Unfortunately for many of the men he met his campaign was successful.He deceived those men into believing he was HIV negative, reassuring those he was intimate with.'Rowe's malicious crusade to infect as many men as possible was discovered after victims began to fall ill and went to police.
He loved star signs, likening himself with characteristics of his Libra symbol of being 'relationship orientated', artistic, creative and balanced.