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Volume 122: debated on Tuesday 10 November 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he is aware of any research associating the contamination of drinking water by the AIDS virus with the flushing of used condoms into the sewerage system; and if he will make a statement.

I am not aware of any such research. I am advised that there is no risk of contracting AIDS from drinking water because the disease is not spread by ingestion and the virus is inactivated by chlorination and removed by water treatment.