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 in Kosovo, 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 in 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 level of public or private education as well as the right to employment in jobs where the risk of exposing others to HIV is minimized. You are also entitled to the right of confidentiality for your diagnosis.

If you have HIV/AIDS, you need to be assertive about your inclusiveness in social life. Your employer, school or any other social institution is 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 an institution. 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 which is tasked with monitoring the implementation of labour legislation and can issue fines to your employer or make sure that you get back to work. Similar tasks are performed by the Health Inspectorate if you face discrimination in health institutions.

  

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