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Elder abuse plan rejected

Insurance companies are to be barred from asking GPs to speculate on a patient's sexuality under new guidelines for the industry.

The Association of British Insurers said there had been 'almost complete agreement' that GPs not be asked to speculate on whether a patient is at higher risk of contracting HIV because of their sexuality.

The guidelines will also prevent insurers asking GPs about incidents of STIs that have no long-term implications.

A spokesman for the ABI said: 'Standard questions insurers ask GPs have been about patients' sexual activity, but medical knowledge has changed and treatments have changed, and insurers are not there to pry.'

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