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Volume 124: debated on Thursday 10 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what drugs are available from the National Health Service for those over 65 years of age suffering from HIV contracted through blood products.

People whose immune systems become impaired because of infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) may acquire opportunistic infections which are amenable to treatment and for which the full range of appropriate drugs are available through the National Health Service. Zidovudine (Retrovir) inhibits replication of the virus and is available for the management of patients with serious manifestations of HIV infection. The choice of drugs for an individual patient is a matter for the doctor concerned.