Cabinet approves amendments to HIV/AIDS Bill
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.