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22nd April 2002     

Ruth Hickson
Blood & Healthcare Associated Infections Unit
Communicable Disease Branch
Department of Health Room
631B
Skipton House 80
London Road London
SE1 6LH

Dear Ms Hickson

RE: CONSULTATION ON GUIDANCE ON CHILDREN IN NEED AND BLOOD- BORNE VIRUSES : HIV AND HEPATITIS

The Community Practitionersí & Health Visitorsí Association (CPHVA) welcomes the opportunity to respond to the above consultation document and would comment as follows. We feel that this is a helpful document and the information that it contains is both clear and logical.

The legislative framework is useful and, in particular, with regards to the Race Relations (Amendment) Act, as it highlights the different roles and responsibilities within non-discriminatory practice. The section relating to indicators for consideration in the need for testing is also a useful guidance for practitioners. The confidentiality section is important. All practitioners should read this and use it for consideration when dealing with affected families in order that they may provide a sensitive and appropriate service. We hope that you find this comments helpful.

Yours sincerely  


Lead Professional Officer