Amendment approved by Cabinet to HIV/AIDS BillA draft law, which looks to secure the interests of people with HIV and AIDS, got more teeth on Wednesday with the government approving amendments to get lawful responsibility and building up a formal component to test objections against the individuals who victimize such individuals.

The Union Cabinet affirmed changes to ‘The HIV and AIDS Bill, 2014’ drafted to protect the privileges of individuals living with HIV and influenced by HIV.

The bill records different grounds on which discrimination against HIV constructive people and those living with them is restricted. These include the denial, termination, discontinuation or unfair treatment with regard to employment, educational establishments, health care services, residing or renting property, standing for public or private office, and provision of insurance.

The requirement for HIV testing as a pre-requisite for obtaining employment or accessing health care or education is also prohibited, a statement issued after the Cabinet meet said.

 Cabinet approves HIV/AIDS Bill

The Bill requires that “no person shall be compelled to disclose his HIV status except with his informed consent, and if required by a court order”.

Foundations keeping records of data of HIV constructive people might embrace information protection measures.

As indicated by the proposal, each HIV contaminated or influenced individual beneath the age of 18 has the privilege to reside in a shared household and enjoy the facilities of the household.

The Bill disallows any person from distributed data or pushing sentiments of hatred against HIV positive people and those living with them.

The Bill additionally accommodates guardianship for minors. A man between the age of 12 and 18, who has adequate development to comprehend and deal with the issues of his HIV or AIDS affected family shall be competent to act as a guardian of another sibling below 18 years of age. This provision will be applicable to matters identifying with admission to educational establishments, operating bank accounts, managing property, care and treatment.

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