HIV Tests Proposed For Asylum Seekers

Sweden’s Integration Board has proposed instituting an obligatory HIV test for all new asylum seekers as part of a larger general health check-up.  

The reason behind the proposal is the increased number of HIV cases in Sweden.

379 people were infected with the virus last year, the largest number in ten years, with the majority of those cases among new immigrants to this country. 

Some are critical of the proposal:  Pehr Olov Pehrsson, a senior physician, says:  this is a dangerous path to go down—if asylum-seekers are found to have HIV and are sent home, there is no guarantee that they will find treatment there, while here in Sweden, treatment could be provided.