UK: House Committee urges universal free HIV treatment

August 2005
HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review;Aug2005, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p34
The article informs that the House of Commons Health Select Committee in Great Britain published a report condemning the government's recent decision to deny free HIV treatment to failed asylum seekers, illegal immigrants, visa overstayers and others who are in Great Britain without proper authority on March 21, 2005. The Committee recommended that free HIV treatment be made available to all people living in Great Britain, regardless of their immigration status. The Committee noted that since HIV treatment reduces the risk of transmission, the exclusion of persons targeted by the regulations could drive up rates of infection. It also argued that the exclusion would likely deter people from getting tested. The Committee concluded that the new government policy could not be justified on economic or public health grounds and that it would have a disproportionately negative effect on people coming from countries where HIV is endemic. The Committee was particularly critical of the government's willingness to treat tuberculosis for free, but not HIV.


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