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BHIVA statement in response to the call by Nigel Farage to ban people with HIV from migrating to the UK

Friday 10 October 2014

In response to today's comments by Nigel Farage in a Newsweek Europe interview, Dr David Asboe, Chair of the British HIV Association, said: "Mr Farage's suggestion that people with HIV should be banned from migrating to the UK is an example of the most deplorable kind of bigotry.

His stance completely ignores the positive contribution made to society by people with HIV, and threatens to reignite the sort of discrimination and stigma attached to HIV that the vast majority of people in the UK had hoped was consigned to history.

This attitude not only denigrates migrants to the UK, but also the 100,000 people currently living with HIV in the UK, and the 30,000,000 others living with HIV around the world."

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