Swiss acupuncturist probed over HIV infections

Updated: Jun 10, 2010, 00:00 AM IST

Geneva: Swiss authorities are investigating whether an acupuncturist intentionally infected at least 15 people with HIV.

The case came to light when Swiss tabloid Blick
reported this week that authorities had yet to complete a
preliminary investigation that started five years ago in Bern
canton (state).

Investigating magistrate Hermann Fleischhackl told today that the investigation was launched after one alleged victim filed a criminal complaint in 2005.

He says 19 HIV-infected people had contact with the
unidentified acupuncturist.

Fleischhackl says he will decide by next year whether
to recommend the man be formally charged with multiple cases
of intentionally spreading a human disease and causing serious
bodily harm.