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Ban lifted for HIV NHS staff

The Government is to lift a ban on NHS workers with HIV carrying out certain procedures on patients. England's chief medical officer said science had moved on and it was time to scrap "outdated rules".

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Criteria for NHS staff with HIV to carry out procedures

Under new rules, healthcare workers with HIV will be allowed to undertake all procedures if the following conditions are met:

  • They are on effective combination anti-retroviral drug therapy.
  • They must also have an undetectable viral load of HIV in their system.
  • Public Health England will set up a confidential register holding data on infected workers, including on their viral load and treatment.
  • In addition, staff must be monitored every three months by the person treating them and by occupational health professionals.

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