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Life insurance 'should cover those with HIV'

Life insurance 'should cover those with HIV'

Category: Life insurance

Updated: 26/11/2012
First Published: 06/05/2009

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A call has been made for more life insurance policies to be made available to people who are HIV positive.

The National Aids Trust (Nat) noted that anti-retroviral treatments mean many people who have been diagnosed now have a normal life expectancy and insurers should recognise that fact.

A spokesman for the charity explained that many people with HIV can face discrimination and struggle to access affordable products such as life insurance.

However, PruProtect - a joint venture between Prudential and a South African firm - has announced that its life insurance product will be extended to include people living with HIV.

It is the first mainstream insurer in the UK to take such action and although only a limited range will initially be covered, the qualifying criteria is to be broadened in the future.

The Nat spokesman said the organisation is "delighted" with the development, adding: "We hope that other financial services will follow through and make sure that there is affordable leverage for people with HIV."

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