The Cabinet on Wednesday has given its concent to introduce official amendments to the HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014 to safeguard rights of HIV-affected people, to prevent & control spread of HIV and AIDS.
An official statement said that, “The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval to introduce official amendments to the HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014.”
Also, the provisions of the Bill seek to address HIV-related discrimination, strengthen the existing programme by bringing in legal accountability and establish formal mechanisms for inquiring into complaints and redressing grievances, the government release added.
Moreover, the Bill seeks to prevent and control the spread of HIV and AIDS, prohibits discrimination against persons with HIV and AIDS, provides for informed consent and confidentiality with regard to their treatment, places obligations on establishments to safeguard rights of persons living with HIV arid create mechanisms for redressing complaints.
The Bill lists various grounds on which discrimination against HIV positive persons and those living with them is prohibited, it said.
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 (unless based on actuarial studies). The requirement for HIV testing as a pre-requisite for obtaining employment or accessing health care or education is also prohibited.