According to Buzzfeed News, the man has been prevented from fulfilling his ‘boyhood dream’ by the Civil Aviation Authority because of his HIV status. As a result of the CAA’s decision the man, referred to only as Anthony, is unable to take up an offer from EasyJet to join its pilot training scheme – despite saving up for years to pay for the training. ‘It has had a fundamental impact,’ he told Buzzfeed. ‘It means the one career choice I want to make and want to do, I’m being told no, and the cause of that is because I’m HIV-positive. ‘It has destroyed a boyhood dream for me. It makes it difficult to accept the [HIV] diagnosis, because you want to believe there are no restrictions to you, but actually there are.’ He had been accepted onto the EasyJet pilot training scheme. HIV-positive people are allowed to apply for a commercial pilot’s licence in the Netherlands, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Man’s ear bitten on train because his friend was talking too loudly on the phone However, the CAA claims it is following European rules set by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) – although current pilots who become HIV-positive are able to continue flying. One of the scientists behind the research upon which the policy is based has also called the authorities’ interpretation of the evidence ‘simplistic’ and ‘naive’, while Anthony says the research is now ‘outdated’. Anthony is now being supported by his MP, Patrick Grady, and two leading HIV charities. HIV treatment has changed dramatically over the last 30 years Lilian Greenwood, the chair of the transport select committee, has also written to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling calling for an investigation. Grayling is yet to reply. Kat Smithson, director of policy and campaigns at National AIDS Trust, told Buzzfeed: ‘There have been enormous developments in HIV treatment and in our knowledge about how HIV affects the body over recent years. Rapist tried to burn down victim’s home after she gave evidence against him ‘It is imperative that these developments are reflected in policy to avoid unnecessary and discriminatory barriers to equality for people living with HIV. We urge the CAA to review their policy and ensure that it reflects current medical evidence and advice.’ Dr. Michael Brady, Medical Director at HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust, told ‘We’re appalled at the decision made by the CAA in this case, which totally goes against the Equality Act 2010 and reinforces the already damaging stigma that faces people living with HIV in the UK. ‘There is no reason someone living with HIV should not be able to fly a plane, and we hope to see this decision overturned as soon as possible.’ MORE: UK Problems at Waterloo cause travel chaos for fourth day in a row Prank caller convinced elderly couple he was their son confessing murder People ‘wanting flexible hours and career breaks’ are killing the NHS George Valiotis, CEO of HIV Scotland, said: ‘Modern-day policies enable people living with HIV to maintain jobs such as doctors, nurses, or even if they are an existing pilot. CAA’s policy not allowing new pilots living with HIV to obtain a licence is discriminatory. ‘As HIV is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act, this discrimination by the CAA is a serious violation of that law. The CAA has to ensure that their policies take into account the correct, up-to-date medical evidence, and it is clear they have failed in this duty. ‘If they won’t take immediate action to remedy this, then they must join us around the table, with medical experts, to review their policy.’


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