26 Dec '11, 9pm

Tourist claims he contracted HIV when he got a tattoo in Bali

JAKARTA - The health authorities in Indonesia are investigating a claim that an Australian tourist contracted HIV through an unclean needle when he got a tattoo on Bali. The West Australian Department of Health said over the weekend that all evidence points to the recently-inked tattoo done in Kuta as the source of the HIV infection. Badung district health agency head, Mr Gede Putra Suteja, told Bernama that it was a strong possibility as the use of shared needles is a common form of transmission, while local media reported yesterday that the authorities have promised to take action against the tattoo parlour. According to the Indonesian Aids Prevention Commission, the number of reported HIV and AIDS cases in Bali soared last year to 5,222 cases - up 19 per cent from the previous year - with nearly half of the cases in the southern town of Denpasar. The commission also sai...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC111227-0000041/Aussie...

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