May 5, 2014
This article was reported by the Herald Scotland.
The Herald Scotland reported that the Scottish Government has decided to make HIV treatment free to everyone in Scotland, regardless of their residency status. The policy change aligns Scotland with England and exempts HIV from National Health Service (NHS) charges in the same way that TB and other infectious diseases are. NHS already exempts HIV testing and sexual health services. The National AIDS Trust (NAT) and HIV Scotland welcomed the decision, and according to Yusef Azad, director of policy and campaigns at NAT, the change will allow insolvent asylum seekers and vulnerable refugees the ability to receive essential healthcare while they reside in Scotland. He also considered it a "step to safeguard the public health of communities."