Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Read Now: Expert Opinions on HIV Cure Research
  
  • Email Email
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

News Briefs

South Africa: HIV Treatment Takes Precedence Over Rape Law

October 28, 2002

On October 23, South Africa's Cabinet approved the Compulsory HIV Testing of Alleged Sexual Offenders Bill, which provides "for a speedy and uncomplicated mechanism for victims of sexual offences to apply for the alleged perpetrator to be tested for HIV and the results disclosed to the victim." In April, the government announced the post-exposure prophylaxis program, in which rape survivors receive antiretrovirals in the public health sector within 72 hours to prevent HIV infection. AIDS Law Project Liesl Grientholtz said that the legislation would help few women, because very few rape suspects are arrested, but she acknowledged that the tests conducted will give women peace of mind. She added that the process should be fast-tracked so victims can receive the necessary treatment against HIV/AIDS, and police, doctors and health care workers should be empowered to tell victims where and how to obtain treatment.

Back to other CDC news for October 28, 2002

Previous Updates

Adapted from:
allAfrica.com
10.24.02; BuaNews (Pretoria)


  
  • Email Email
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
See Also
More on HIV Treatment in South Africa

Tools
 

Advertisement