UK government agrees to fund free drug treatment for foreign nationals with HIV

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 29 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1562
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Foreign nationals with HIV are to get free drug treatment on the NHS after a change of heart by the government.

Those who qualify will include students and failed asylum seekers who have been in the UK for more than six months. Until now, HIV has been an exception to the general rule that non-UK residents can be treated free for a range of infectious diseases, including sexually transmitted infections, in the interests of preventing the spread of disease. (BMJ, 2012;344:e924, doi:10.1136/bmj.e924)

A change in the rules has been urged on the government by Conservative peer Lord Fowler, who headed the AIDS awareness campaign in the 1980s. Last year he chaired a committee in …

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