New infection controls worry doctors in Australia

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 20 August 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:497
  1. C Zinn

    Australia's football players and health professionals are caught up in controversial new guidelines concerning the control of HIV infection, which they claim are akin to compulsory testing. The Australian Football League now has the power to demand that any players suspected of being infected with HIV or hepatitis B virus should have a blood test or face a pounds sterling 1000 fine. And in New South Wales the health department plans to make doctors, nurses, and dentists sign affidavits guaranteeing that they agree to be tested for HIV as regularly as every six months.

    The Australian Football League has been attacked by the …

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