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 England's chief medical officer said science had moved on and it was time to scrap "outdated rules".

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Terrence Higgins Trust: HIV legislation shapes attitudes

The Terrence Higgins Trust has welcomed the changes announced by the Department of Health today that will enable those living with HIV to carry out certain procedures in patients.

Sir Nick Partridge, chief executive at Terrence Higgins Trust said:

Advances in medication have transformed what it means to live with HIV, and it’s great to see regulations starting to catch up. People diagnosed in good time can have full, healthy lives, and effective treatment dramatically reduces the risk of the virus being passed on. So long as the right safeguards are in place, there is now no reason why a dentist or a midwife with HIV should be barred from treating patients, or why people who would prefer to test at home should be denied that chance.

Legislation plays a vital role in shaping attitudes. We hope these changes continue to improve public understanding of HIV and support for those living with the virus.

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