15 / 8 / 2013 6.45am
The changes announced by chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, mean that HIV-infected healthcare workers, decided on a case-by-case basis, may be allowed to undertake certain procedures, if they are on effective combination antiretroviral drug therapy (cART); have an undetectable viral load; and are regularly monitored by their treating and occupational health physicians.
Up to 100,000 people have HIV in the UK but around a quarter are living with it undiagnosed. These changes will give people more choice on how to get tested and therefore get treatment earlier, which will reduce the risk of new HIV infections.
The second policy change removes the ban on the sale of HIV self-testing kits, which will make it easier for people to get tested as early as possible and get the best treatment available.
will now put in place a programme to register and monitor healthcare workers who have HIV and ensure they are able to perform certain procedures when appropriate.Public Health EnglandBoth policies will be in place from April 2014.
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