Statement: Civil Aviation Authority landmark change for pilots and air traffic controllers living with HIV
On June 20th, the Civil Aviation Authority announced an update to their rules enabling pilots living with HIV to gain full licences.
Deborah Gold, Chief Executive of National AIDS Trust, said:
“We are delighted the Civil Aviation Authority has listened to our concerns and pilots can now declare their HIV status without it getting in the way of their job. HIV is now a manageable long-term health condition and people with HIV can live long and healthy lives. There is no medical reason why HIV should stand in the way of any job, including flying planes, and it’s great to see UK aviation industry policy recognising this. Today’s announcement brings us one step closer to a world where HIV stigma doesn’t hold anyone back from living the life they choose.”