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Fri 21 Oct, 2011
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We are shocked and disappointed to see today’s press reports stating there is HIV transmission risk from Garra Rufa fish pedicure spas.

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NAT CRITICISES RECENT REPORTS OF HIV RISK ASSOCIATED WITH FISH PEDICURES

Deborah Jack, Chief Executive of NAT (National AIDS Trust), comments:

‘We are shocked and disappointed to see today’s press reports stating there is HIV transmission risk from Garra Rufa fish pedicure spas. HIV can be passed on through sex without a condom or by sharing infected needles or other injecting drug equipment. There is no risk of HIV being passed on through a fish pedicure and these claims do nothing but undermine public understanding. At a time when knowledge of HIV is declining, it is crucial for the public to be aware of the facts so they can protect themselves from real transmission risk – and not get preoccupied with sensationalist and inaccurate reports.

We are concerned the HPA’s guidance has been misleading in terms of HIV risk and we urge them to clarify their position on this as soon as possible.

‘Accurate, up-to-date information on HIV can be found at www.HIVaware.org.uk

 

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