Watchdog raises privacy concerns as tests reveal more HIV+ prostitutes

Tests on a group of 14 prostitutes detained by police in central Athens late on Thursday revealed that another two were carrying the HIV virus that can cause AIDS, bringing to 33 the total number of sex workers in the capital who have been found to be infected.

The women, one Greek and one Russian, are to be charged with causing grievous bodily harm, a felony.

Meanwhile the Ombudsman issued a statement criticizing the decision by authorities to make public photographs of the HIV+ prostitutes, arguing that public health concerns cannot violate the rights to privacy of people infected with HIV.