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Insurance practice inhibits GPs exploring the sexual behaviour of patients

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7067.1261d (Published 16 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1261
  1. Paul Thornton (100534.3477@compuserve.com)
  1. HIV/primary care facilitator Department of Public Health, Coventry Health Authority, Coventry CV1 2GQ

    EDITOR,—P H Smee, the head of life insurance at the Association of British Insurers, states that incorrect evaluation of health risks by a life insurance company would be unfair to an applicant. But this is exactly what may have happened to many applicants who declared even a low risk of HIV infection in the past and were declined insurance. The interests of individuals with any risk of HIV infection are now perceived as best served by their not declaring that risk to the insurers …

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