Hermit returns from exile after mistakenly believing he had HIV

Thought Provoking

The intriguing story of an Italian man who became a hermit in the woods after thinking that he was diagnosed with HIV.

Alberto Zabbialini dropped into an internet cafe on Sunday and did what millions do at their computers every day, idly keying his name into a search engine. But the 28-year-old mechanic had more reason than most to be curious after he had fled his home three months earlier in a suicidal mood to carve out a hermit’s life on berries and river water in the Ligurian woods, driven by the belief he had contracted HIV

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