The law that stops visitors to the UK and asylum seekers from getting NHS Aids drugs must be changed, a senior HIV doctor says, not just in the interests of humanity, but because the drugs now reduce the chance that they will infect other people.
Jane Anderson, the new chair of the British HIV Association, which represents doctors in the field, says there is no sense in leaving people without treatment, following studies that this year showed the drugs prevented transmission as well as keeping people alive.
“The legislation raises complications about getting the right treatment into the right people. It deters people from coming to services and it is very confusing,” said Professor Anderson.
The rules were drawn up under the last government in response to tabloid fears of waves of illegal immigrants heading for the UK for free Aids treatment. That, says Anderson, is a nonsense.
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