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New Aids report sparks backlash.

Aids groups have attacked an official report into future treatments of the disease, claiming it does not do enough to help some sections of society. An All-Party Parliamentary Group on Aids has recommended a national strategy for the prevention and treatment of HIV and Aids, with equality of care in NHS trusts. It also said there should be earlier and wider testing of people for HIV and awareness campaigns to help reduce prejudice about the disease. Ms Dorothy Musaka, from the African Issues Group, said: "The majority of women testing positive for HIV are African. They need proper counselling with a person who speaks their language." Mr Derek Bodell, director of the National Aids Trust, said although it was a big step forward, discrimination remained. "There's still grossly inadequate spending on information for gay and bisexual men, and it is unacceptable this is still happening." The report will help form part of a national strategy in the fight against HIV and Aids, which the Government will begin discussing next week. l A 24-year-old mother is undergoing tests because a trainee midwife who delivered her baby has been diagnosed as HIV positive. The trainee at Queen Mary's Hospital's maternity unit in Sidcup, Kent, discovered she had the virus last week.
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Author:Doyle, Susan
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Oct 21, 1998
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