Rights of people infected with HIV/AIDS

  • Find it in the Law:
    Administrative Instruction on the activity, structure and functions of health services for HIV-AIDS (02-2011)
  • Who is responsible:
    You and the social institutions you are part of
  • Who can help me:
    Labour Inspectorate, Health Inspectorate, Ombudsperson Institution, Competent Court
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You are a person who has been infected with HIV / AIDS, and fear that you will be discriminated or excluded from the society because of your condition. You should know that there are legal provisions ensuring your right to be treated equally in society and be integrated, but that you also have to behave responsibly and not put others at risk of infection. To this end, the Administrative Instruction on the activity, structure and functions of health services for HIV-AIDS (02-2011) states that people diagnosed with HIV are entitled to care and treatment in accordance with best international practices and should be integrated into communities and society. You should have equal access at all levels of public or private education as well as the right to be employed and get a job where the risk of exposing others to HIV is minimal. You are also entitled to the right of confidentiality for your diagnosis.

In case you have HIV/AIDS, you need to be assertive about your inclusiveness in social life. Your employer, school or any other social institution are bound to respect your equal right to participate in society.

In case your rights are violated by an institution because of your condition, you can alert the respective bodies supervising the work of such institutions. For example, if you are discriminated at work because of your condition, you need to alert the Labour Inspectorate within the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, the liability of which is to oversee implementation of the entire legislation, which is related with the work and can issue fines for the employers or return you to the your workplace. The Health Inspectorate has the similar function in case you are discriminated in the health institutions.

  

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