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Author Topic: Working restrictions lifted in the UK  (Read 1023 times)

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Offline britchick

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Working restrictions lifted in the UK
« on: August 15, 2013, 12:00:56 PM »
The UK govt has announced that self testing kits for hiv will be intoduced by April 2014 and that medical personnel, especially surgeons and dentists who are actively taking Hiv treatment will no longer be banned from certain procedures.

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Re: Working restrictions lifted in the UK
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2013, 12:06:03 PM »
I read the article on BBC News Health section.

Offline Ann

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Re: Working restrictions lifted in the UK
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2013, 12:07:20 PM »
Details from an email I got this afternoon:

Two pieces of great news today – both for tackling the spread of HIV and improving the rights of people living with HIV.

The Government has announced they will legalise and regulate the sale of HIV self-testing kits from 2014. With your help, we’ve campaigned for this change in the law for the last decade. A special thanks to those of you who emailed your MP last year asking them to call on the Department of Health to legalise self-testing. Terrence Higgins Trust believes people deserve to have a choice about how and where they test for HIV. Proper regulation will make self-testing a safe and supported option for many more people across the country. Currently, most HIV transmission in the UK is driven by the 25,000 people who have HIV but have not yet been diagnosed. This change will help our efforts to get more people to test for HIV and get treatment if they need it.

Regarding another issue we’ve campaigned on for a number of years, the Department of Health have also announced that they are dropping the ban on people living with HIV from healthcare jobs that involve ‘exposure prone procedures’. People such as midwives and dentists who acquire HIV will be able to continue working. We know people have already lost their jobs because of the previous restrictions, and they will now be able to practise again. Advances in treatment and our understanding of HIV transmission mean the new restrictions will create no real risk. Regulation will require that people take medication, have a very low or undetectable viral load, and are regularly monitored.

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Offline britchick

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Re: Working restrictions lifted in the UK
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2013, 12:20:47 PM »
Ann,

Thanks for the post.I read about a dentist  here in the  UK who lost his job, house ..everything back in 2008 due to his positive status....he's hoping to start working again soon.

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Offline manchesteruk

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Re: Working restrictions lifted in the UK
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2013, 01:45:53 PM »
Really good news  :) Made the mistake of reading the comments underneath the news articles today though  :(

Won't be doing that again.
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Re: Working restrictions lifted in the UK
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2013, 01:50:48 PM »
Made the mistake of reading the comments underneath the news articles today though  :(

Won't be doing that again.

Never read the comments. 
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Offline manchesteruk

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Re: Working restrictions lifted in the UK
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2013, 01:52:27 PM »
It appears some peoples stupidity holds no bounds.
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Offline TabooPrincess

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Re: Working restrictions lifted in the UK
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2013, 02:33:25 PM »
This is brilliant news!  I was so pleased to hear this on the radio this morning
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11/2008 - Tested pos, cd4 640 vl 25400
12/2008 - cd4 794 vl 27798, 35%
03/2009 - cd4 844 vl 68846, 35%
06/2009 - cd4 476 vl 49151, 33% (pregnancy confirmed)
08/2009 - cd4 464 vl 54662, 32%
Started meds for pregnancy (Kaletra, AZT, Viread)
09/2009 - cd4 841 vl 3213, 42%
10/2009 - cd4 860 vl 1088, 41%
11/2009 - cd4 771 vl 563, 38%
12/2009 - cd4 885 vl 151 42%
Discontinued meds after baby born
02/2010 - cd4 841 vl 63781, 38%
05/2010 - cd4 1080 vl 113000, 39%
08/2010 - cd4 770 vl 109242
12/2010 - cd4 642 vl 111000, 34%
06/2011 - cd4 450 vl 222000, 33%
11/2011 - cd4 419 vl 212000, 24%
03/2012 - cd4 280 vl 118000, 26% (repeated Cd4 at 360)
05/2012 -cd4 360 vl 99,190
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« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2013, 05:12:49 PM »
Hey yo, I just thought some may be interested in this article from The Guardian. It's definitely an easier read than that "Men Who Want AIDS" article that's floating around. Oi.

I didn't realize there was a restriction on healthcare workers with HIV in the UK until it was announced there wasn't.

The stigma of HIV still remains
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/15/stigma-hiv-nhs-ban-ended-fear

The original story here: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/aug/15/hiv-restrictions-health-workers-lifted
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Offline britchick

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Re: Working restrictions lifted in the UK
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2013, 10:19:49 AM »
manchesteruk
I read the comments on the BBC website too.....not so nice!But at least we had a couple of people who are on our side.Kudos to them!

oksikoko...the only reason  i knew about the restrictions was due to staff at the hospital telling me  when i was diagnosed and pondering re work, stigma etc and that they were pretty sure it would be changing soon!!!!!!!!

Taboo....how are  you doing?
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Offline Souledout

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Re: Working restrictions lifted in the UK
« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2013, 06:43:19 AM »
Never read the comments.

I read this and thought, "I'll just read the comments for a bit, it can`'t be that bad surely, especially on the Guardian". I'll not read the comments again.
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13/09/12 CD4 672 (33%) VL <40 (diagnosis date)
18/09/12 CD4 ?               VL 43
27/09/12 CD4 ?               VL 127
19/11/12 CD4 676 (38%) VL 959
03/03/13 CD4 642 (32%) VL 291
04/07/13 CD4 791 (33%) VL 26,437 (active cold sore, tooth infection)
18/07/13 ------retest------VL 3704
18/11/13 CD4 802 (36%) VL 65

 


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