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HIV/AIDS Bill passed in Parliament

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New Delhi: The Lok Sabha passed the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Disease (AIDS) Prevention and Control Bill on Tuesday, which will strengthen the rights of the people infected with the disease.

The bill ensures equal rights to the people affected by HIV and AIDS in getting treatment, admissions in educational institutions and jobs.

The bill emphasizes that there will be no discrimination against persons infected with HIV on ground of treatment, employment and workplace. If someone fails to adhere to the provisions of the bill, he/she will be penalised.

Labelling the bill as patient centric and progressive, Health Minister JP Nadda said that the government will soon come out with a new ‘test and treat’ policy fir the people living with HIV for providing them free treatment.

The bill also has provisions to safeguard the property rights of HIV positive people, which means that every HIV infected person below the age of 18 years has the right to reside in a shared household and enjoy the facilities of the household.

The bill also ensures that no HIV test, medical treatment or research will be conducted on an infected person without his informed consent.

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