Dispersal of HIV positive asylum seekers: national survey of UK healthcare providers

Creighton, S.; Sethi, G.; Edwards, S. G.; Miller, R.
August 2004
BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition);8/7/2004, Vol. 329 Issue 7461, p322
Academic Journal
Offers a look at a national survey of United Kingdom (UK) healthcare providers regarding the dispersal of HIV-positive asylum seekers. Statement that the UK National Asylum Support Service started a policy in 2000 of dispersing asylum seekers from London and southeast England to alternative locations around the UK in an attempt to spread the cost of care; Statement that asylum seekers who refuse dispersal face immediate cessation of income, housing and legal support; Report that the UK policy of dispersal of asylum seekers leads to an increase in HIV-positive cases in some receiving centers; Belief of doctors that dispersal is disruptive, may compromise HIV care and may lead to increased transmission.


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