Australia: Three HIV Carriers Held on Risk Fear
January 12, 2010
Department of Health figures show three HIV-positive people have been detained in Victoria in the past two years for repeatedly failing to change behaviors that put others at risk of infection. One person was detained from January to September 2009, and another two in the year ending September 2008, records show. A department spokesperson stressed that detention is a last resort for those who pose a serious and urgent public health risk.
A review found the department had lost track of people it was monitoring and had failed to act against those who consistently ignored orders. In response, the department in 2008 revised its guidelines for handling such cases and began referring them to the police, said Victoria Chief Health Officer Dr. John Carnie.
The Age (Melbourne)
12.26.2009; Julia Medew
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