United Kingdom: Free HIV Treatment for Asylum Seekers and Non-UK Citizens
February 29, 2012
Under an amendment to a health bill, asylum-seekers and other UK non-citizens could obtain free HIV treatment from the National Health Service if they have been in the country for six months. Doctors who work with HIV patients have long supported the move, arguing that refusing treatment is morally wrong and risks spreading HIV. Lord Fowler, who recently led a House of Lords inquiry into Britain's HIV epidemic, agrees and is the amendment's sponsor. Experts believe the cost of such treatment would be less than future AIDS hospitalizations and new infections. Ministers have indicated they will accept the amendment without a vote later this week. "This measure will protect the public and brings HIV treatment into line with all other infectious diseases," said Anne Milton, public health minister. "Tough guidance will ensure this measure is not abused."
The Guardian (London)
02.28.2012; Sarah Boseley
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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