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ABI sets up wide-ranging review of HIV guidelines

The ABI is launching a consultation on its guidelines for how members deal with HIV and life insurance.

The current guidelines have been in force since 1994. Since then, there have been major strides in the treatment of HIV.

The major focus of the review is likely to be the issue of doctor/patient confidentiality. In many other countries, people applying for insurance supply the information themselves, in the UK, GPs are required to divulge sensitive information in reports to insurance companies.

Doctors&#39 groups have attacked the current guidelines which they say impedes their relationship with patients and Government initiatives to see more HIV care carried out by GPs. Critics also say the rules inhibit public health initiatives and unduly penalise certain groups which are seen as higher risk.

The review will be launched this summer.

ABI assistant media manager Leonie Edwards says: “The review will be wide ranging and we will be consulting with members and organisations such as the Terrence Higgins Trust.”

Terrence Higgins Trust head of policy Lisa Power says: “We would be very interested in this review. The situation is very anomalous when you look at countries such as Canada. The very different system here benefits the insurance companies but not public health. We need to find a new balance.”


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