Deborah Jack, chief executive of the National Aids Trust has hailed the new policy for NHS workers with HIV for being "based on up-to-date scientific evidence and not on fear, stigma or outdated information".
Allowing healthcare workers living with HIV to undertake exposure-prone procedures corrects the current guidance which offers no more protection for the general public but keeps qualified and skilled people from working in the career they had spent many years training for.
England's chief medical officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, has said it is time to scrap "outdated rules" which ban NHS workers with HIV carrying out certain procedures on patients.
At the moment we bar totally safe healthcare workers who are on treatment with HIV from performing many surgical treatments, and that includes dentists.
What we want to do - and want to get over - is how society needs to move from thinking about HIV as positive or negative and thinking about HIV as a death sentence, to thinking about whether they're infectious or not infectious.
She said that with effective treatment "people are leading lives that are normal in quality and length".
"With effective treatment, they are not infectious," she added.
New law which will allow people to find out whether or not they are infected with HIV by testing in the comfort of their own homes is a "welcome" move, according to a leading HIV charity.
Lisa Power, policy director at Terrence Higgins Trust, said:
We warmly welcome this decision, which Terrence Higgins Trust has long campaigned for. People deserve to have a choice about how and where they test for HIV and proper regulation will make self testing a safe and supported option for many more people across the country.
The public response to our highly successful home sampling scheme shows that many people who have never tested before, or who have been putting off a visit to a clinic, are willing to test at home.
Currently, most HIV transmission in the UK is driven by the 25,000 people who have HIV but have not yet been diagnosed. Anything that encourages these people to test, take control of their health and get treatment is a welcome advance.
Plans to allow people to self-test whether they have HIV in their own homes follow the Health Protection Agency's warning last November that a record number of people in the UK were living with HIV, with the number of people with the virus reaching nearly 100,000.
Officials from the Department of Health are expected to say that home testing may help people detect their infection earlier on - which could lead to more effective treatment options and reduce the infection spreading.
Public Health Minister Anna Soubry is expected to say:
The stigma and fear surrounding HIV may mean that some people are afraid or reluctant to go to a clinic to be tested.
I hope that by removing the ban on self-testing kits people will be able to choose the right time and right surroundings to take a test and, if positive, help them get the best treatment available. Clear information on how to get immediate support will be provided with the kits.