Main | Tuesday, February 28, 2012

BRITAIN: Government To Offer Free HIV Treatment And Meds For Foreigners

The British government will grant free HIV treatment to non-citizens.
Lisa Power, Policy Director for Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “We strongly support this move by the Government to bring HIV in line with all the other sexually transmitted infections which are free from charge on public health grounds. “It makes no sense to deny people medication that dramatically reduces the risk of them passing on their infection to others. “Leaving people without treatment also means the NHS pays far more further down the line when someone’s health fails and they need emergency care. These changes will protect more people from HIV infection in the UK and will save the NHS money in the longer term.”
An estimated 100,000 Brits are HIV positive. For comparison to the United States, there are more than that many in New York City alone.

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