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England ends the ban on healthcare workers with HIV performing certain procedures

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5146 (Published 16 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5146
  1. Chris Mahony
  1. 1London

Dramatic advances in treatment make it safe to lift an “outdated” ban on HIV positive doctors performing invasive procedures, the chief medical officer for England, Sally Davies, has said.

The Department of Health announced on 14 August that from next April HIV positive doctors, dentists, and other health workers across the United Kingdom can resume all clinical work if combination antiretroviral treatment has reduced their plasma viral load to undetectable levels and they are continuing to receive that treatment.

However, they will have to register with Public Health England, which will monitor their viral load based on quarterly reports from the clinician’s own HIV and occupational health physicians.

Davies said, “The issue is whether they [the clinicians] are infectious or not—rather than whether they are infected …

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