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NAT criticises recent reporting of HIV risk associated with fish pedicures.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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 misinterpreted in terms of HIV risk and we are working with them to clarify the facts.

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

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Notes to the editor:

For further information please contact:
Charli Scouller
Communications Manager
NAT
020 7814 6733
press@nat.org.uk

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