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Ashworth patient is refused condoms.

A PATIENT at Ashworth top security hospital today lost a High Court battle for the right to obtain condoms.

The patient is a practising homosexual who carries the hepatitis C virus and argued there was a danger he might pass it on to others through unprotected sex.

But a judge rejected claims that the Merseyside hospital had operated an inflexible and therefore unlawful blanket ban on condoms and breached the patient's human rights.

Deputy High Court judge Sir Christopher Bellamy said there was no evidence that hospital staff had a "closed mind".

The authorities at Ashworth refused the request for protection, even though the patient's individual care team approved the use of condoms in his case.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 30, 2001
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