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Nigerian Stakeholders Call for HIV Anti-Discrimination Laws

August 25, 2010

Nigerian stakeholders "called on the national and state assemblies to pass laws prohibiting such bias on grounds of health status," the country's Guardian newspaper reports. The stakeholders spoke at the launch of a "nationwide project aimed at putting an end to all discrimination" against people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). The Guardian notes that five Nigerian states currently have HIV anti-discrimination laws. "The right to health of person living with HIV/AIDS is undermined by discrimination and stigmatisation. Fear of being identified with HIV/AIDS remains a major reason discouraging PLWHA from voluntarily seeking counseling, testing or treating," said Ray Onyegu, executive director of the Socioeconomic Rights Initiative. The other organizations were Plantation Positive Youth and the Forum and Neighbourhood Health Foundation (Ukwuoma, 8/24).

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