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Swimming Pools Don't Pose Risk of AIDS


Washington Post (Health) (02/28/95) P. 5

Public health officials say that the risk of contracting AIDS from swimming pools is virtually nonexistent. "We have over 440,000 persons reported with AIDS in the United States since the epidemic began, and none of those have been associated with exposure to pools or any other sports-related contact," said John W. Ward, chief of HIV/AIDS Surveillance for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ward said that, similarly to household bleach, chlorine also inactivates HIV. He added that the divers and swimmers who were in the pool after diver Greg Louganis' accident during the 1988 Summer Olympics were not at risk.


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