April 30, 2014 at 1:00 pm EST | by Staff reports
HIV tester admits fondling clients
New Zealand AIDS Foundation, HIV, AIDS, gay news, Washington Blade

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A former health worker in New Zealand pleaded guilty and was convicted of indecently assaulting 10 clients under the guise of sexual health checks during routine HIV tests while working at the New Zealand AIDS Foundation’s Awhina Centre, the New Zealand Daily News reports.

Silipa Take was sentenced Wednesday to 10 months of home detention, 250 hours of community work and a fine of $6,500. It comes just a month after he admitted to the charges, the article said.

Take was authorized to take fingertip blood drop tests for HIV but engaged in other examinations of the 10 clients, which included feeling the groin area with both hands, manipulating the testicles and touching the penis, the Daily News reports.

On five occasions he peeled back the victims’ foreskins. On one occasion he touched a victim’s anus and reached between his legs to touch his testicles.

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