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Migrants should not be forced to have TB and HIV screening

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 27 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1250
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Compulsory health screening for tuberculosis and HIV infection in asylum seekers and migrants would cause more problems than it solved, argues a report published in the United Kingdom last week.

    The report found that screening of migrants was likely to be ineffective and costly and might have negative consequences. It was written by the Institute for Public Policy Research, an independent think tank on social policy, in response to the UK government's current deliberations on health screening for migrants arriving in the country.

    The report acknowledged that the United Kingdom was experiencing increases in tuberculosis and HIV that were associated with immigration, and that these …

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