Human Rights Advocates Express Concerns Over Uganda's HIV/AIDS Bill
May 24, 2010
Human rights advocates on Thursday expressed deep concerns over an HIV/AIDS bill introduced "in Uganda's parliament on Wednesday [that] makes testing mandatory for pregnant women and their sexual partners, as well as perpetrators and victims of sexual assault," Agence France-Presse reports (5/20). "The bill also allows medical practitioners to disclose a patient's HIV status to others, breaching confidentiality standards. These provisions could potentially endanger those who are infected by exposing them to stigma, discrimination, and physical violence," Pana/Afrique en ligne writes (5/20). The bill also "criminalises and imposes death penalty on intentional transmission of the virus," the Daily Monitor reports (Lirri, 5/21). New Vision/allAfrica.com highlights other measures in the HIV Prevention and Control Bill (Karugaba/Olupot, 5/19).
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