Cab­i­net ap­proves amend­ments to HIV/AIDS Bill

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Cab­i­net has ap­proved amend­ments to the HIV and AIDS (Preven­tion and Con­trol) Bill, 2014, paving the way for in­creased pro­tec­tion from dis­crim­i­na­tion for those liv­ing with HIV/AIDS. The bill pro­hibits dis­crim­i­na­tion against HIV pos­i­tive per­sons and those liv­ing with them in work­places and ed­u­ca­tional es­tab­lish­ments. It states that ev­ery HIV in­fected per­son un­der 18 years has the right to re­side in a shared house­hold and en­joy the fa­cil­i­ties of the house­hold. It also states that no per­son shall be re­quired to dis­close his or her HIV sta­tus, ex­cept with in­formed con­sent or un­der a court or­der. It pro­vides for the ap­point­ment of an om­buds­man by state gov­ern­ments to in­quire into com­plaints re­lated to the vi­o­la­tion of the Act. In­dia is home to 2.1 mil­lion HIV/AIDS pa­tients.

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