Commotion about unsafe sex parties

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1 June 2007, HILVERSUM – Public Health Minister Ab Klink is commissioning an investigation into whether a working group at the Netherlands HIV Foundation (HVN) has been knowingly encouraging unprotected sex. The group Poz & Proud reportedly organises sex parties where HIV positive people can engage in unprotected sex.

1 June 2007

HILVERSUM – Public Health Minister Ab Klink is commissioning an investigation into whether a working group at the Netherlands HIV Foundation (HVN) has been knowingly encouraging unprotected sex. The group Poz & Proud reportedly organises sex parties where HIV positive people can engage in unprotected sex.

There has been a great deal of commotion within the HVN about the Poz & Proud group's insistence that the foundation should not voice any moral judgement on passing on HIV through unprotected sex.

"It is not smart for our foundation to promote unsafe sex," Frank Raaphorst, chairman of the Haaglanden department of the HVN, said on television programme Netwerk on Thursday. "The HVN is no longer my foundation if that is what it does."

The national chairman of the HVN recently resigned after criticising the Poz & Proud working group.

Minister Klink also wants to know whether the foundation has wrongly been awarded subsidies. That could be the case if "subsidy conditions have been violated."

The Aids Fund and the public health ministry have granted subsidies to the HVN to promote safe sex in fact. Klink has asked Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin to look into whether there is reason for a criminal investigation. The Christian democrats CDA plan to ask Klink for clarification about subsidies to the organisation during the weekly question time in Parliament next Tuesday.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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