Memories – 30 years – AIDS: Warning on ear piercing

Health

A MEMBER of County Limerick Local Health Committee has called for the control of ear piercing to hope combat the spread of AIDS.

”It seems to me that ear piercing is an obvious way in which the way could be contracted,” Mr Denis Ryan, representing psychiatric nurses, said during the committee’s discussion of a Departmental strategy for combating the disease.

Ear piercing, Mr Ryan pointed out, was often done by people who are not qualified, and it was not controlled.

The Committee was told that the groups most at risk were homosexuals, drug abusers and haemophiliacs.

Programme manager, Mr. J.P. Robinson, said that all blood and blood products used in the hospitals in the region were not tested and screened.

”Whether it’s from the Limerick Blood Transfusion Service or the National Board, there is now no risk of contamination,” Mr Robinson said. In reply to Cllr Kevin Sheahan, Mr Robinson said that the Mid-Western Health Board had no special plan to treat an out break of AIDS in Limerick Prison if it occurred.”If there was an outbreak, the victim or victims would be treated in isolation at the Regional Hospital,” he said.