Wednesday 11 November 2020
Following a joint letter from BHIVA, BASHH, the HIV CRG, HIV Scotland, National AIDS Trust, THT, UK-CAB & HIV i-Base, the Department for Health & Social Care (DHSC) has agreed with our position that there is no clinical reason to exclude people living with HIV from the COVID-19 antibody testing offer. Moving forward people living with HIV will be able to access an antibody test through Gov.uk. We welcome this immediate change, which will go beyond people living with HIV – to everyone living with an immunosuppressive condition. This rightly gives people the power to make their own decisions about testing. We thank the DHSC for their constructive engagement on this matter, and swift action.