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HIV man loses restaurant loan 'for own protection'

The Local · 15 Feb 2013, 12:28

Published: 15 Feb 2013 12:28 GMT+01:00

Late last year the man, who has chosen to remain unnamed, moved back to his home village of Freyung-Grafenau in the Bayerwald with his partner. He has been HIV positive since 2007 but the infection is dormant, making him 99.99 percent non-contagious, the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported.

The pair planned to open a restaurant and began the process to do so. Initially all seemed to be going well; the bank began to process their loan application and they signed a rental lease on a property.

But suddenly the bank back-tracked and said the man was not even credit worthy for a loan of €1,000. An employee then told him his request had been rejected “for his own protection” and that one day he would be grateful for the decision.

Three weeks ago he received an anonymous letter. “AIDS kills,” the author wrote, and then said that although “homosexuals are tolerated” in the village, no-one wanted a "creeping infection". He made a formal complaint about the first letter, but ignored a second one which arrived a week later with the same message.

It was not until a reporter from the local newspaper called to gather details about an obituary they were writing about him that he contacted police again. The journalist said she had been told he had died, and that she was speaking with his father.

It remains a mystery who told the paper he had died, but he suspects it had to be someone from his social circle as the photo was from his private Facebook account which only friends can see, the Süddeutsche Zeitung said.

Police are now looking into the case, while the man and his partner have given up their dreams of running a restaurant. They will not move away though. It's still my hometown,” he said.

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Your comments about this article

13:27 February 15, 2013 by lucksi
What is this? The US? Or some middle eastern country?
14:23 February 15, 2013 by auslanderus
I disagree with what people and the bank did to him for being gay. The excuse from the bank needs to be looked into as well as who sent the letters. But I disagree with Luscksi 's comment. People are allowed to have there own ideas.
16:08 February 15, 2013 by raandy
¦quot;for his own protection¦quot; and that one day he would be grateful for the decision."

This is what would have sent me into orbit. I would want to know why my loan request was denied and I would candidly have told them I wasn't interested in their personnel opinions .

I would think if everyone in the community was aware he aid aids even in remission that that would not bode well for a restaurant business.
17:30 February 16, 2013 by charlenej
How does everyone in town know his HIV status? Germans don't even publish your last name if you've been convicted of a horrible crime and live next door to a school. How did this info get out? It's private.
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