The unnamed man, who went by the name Matthew during Rowe’s trial, was entitled to £22,000 in compensation. However, a 2012 conviction for heckling a Conservative politician, meant that under Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) rules, he was ineligible for a payout.
Matthew was the first of Rowe's victims to go to police, resulting in Rowe's subsequent convictions at Brighton Crown Court and the High Court in Edinburgh.
He was jailed for life last month for infecting six men with HIV and for trying to do so to three more. Rowe is the first person to ever be convicted of intentionally transmitting the virus.