Southwest China Province Set to Lift AIDS Marriage Ban
June 5, 2003
People with HIV/AIDS should find it easier to marry under legislative changes being considered by southwest China's Sichuan Province. The Ministry of Health issued specific regulations on the management of HIV/AIDS patients in 1998. Under the health ministry regulations, HIV/AIDS patients may marry but they have to meet strict conditions. Local Sichuan laws, which took effect in 1995, do not allow HIV/AIDS patients to register marriages with the civil affairs department. Sources with the Sichuan People's Congress said the planned revision of the laws also aims to encourage the public to do more to control and prevent STDs and HIV/AIDS. The changes, which have already been considered once by local legislators, will undergo a second round of deliberations in July or September before they go to a vote, said congress sources.Adapted from:
Xinhua News Agency
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.