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Vietnam cop under preventative treatment after touching HIV-positive robber’s blood

Vietnam cop under preventative treatment after touching HIV-positive robber’s blood

Thursday, July 23, 2015, 17:05 GMT+7

A police officer in Ho Chi Minh City has been put under preventative treatment for HIV after he touched the blood of a virus-infected thief he seized on Wednesday, local police reported.   Senior Lieutenant Truong Tan Thuong, from a traffic police team of the city police department, has been given such treatment after arresting a street robber, Nguyen Ngoc Tuyen, 33, of the southern province of Long An. At 11:00 am that day, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong, 32, of Binh Tan District, was driving a motorbike and talking on the phone on Tran Van Giau Street in Binh Chanh District when Tuyen approached her on a bike and snatched the phone. At that time, Thuong’s team was patrolling nearby and detected Tuyen’s act and chased him, as he sped up to escape into an alley. With the aid of local residential watchmen, police later caught up with Tuyen when he fell to the ground in the alley, over 1km from the scene of the crime. While seizing Tuyen, Senior Lieutenant Thuong touched blood coming from an injury the robber sustained during the fall. After being escorted to the office of the Le Minh Xuan commune police in Binh Chanh, Tuyen told officers that he is infected with HIV. The police team therefore sent Thuong to a hospital for preventative HIV treatment.

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