The president of Uganda recently signed a legislation that criminalizes the transmission of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV.
The new law
Yoweri Museveni signed the law just this week so that medical doctors can reveal their patients' HIV situation despite not having consent. He also approved the law to require mandatory HIV testing for pregnant females and their partners.
The law is known as the HIV Prevention And AIDS Control Bill and is created to help minimize the spread of HIV and AIDS in the country. Even though it seriously violates some human rights regulations, such as the right to privacy and freedom from discrimination, the government sees that HIV is a far bigger threat.
Punishment for lawbreakers
Those that have been caught, arrested, and found guilty of violating this law may face up to five years in prison. The bill also subjects sexual assault survivors and pregnant females to undergo routine HIV testing.
A health official said that people should not be afraid of being discriminated if they are looking for medical care for their HIV in their own country.
There are also groups that are not too supportive of this new law. They said that HIV testing and practices implemented this way would only put shame and fear on males and females in the country.
HIV is one of the most notorious and widespread STDs today, and it can be managed properly with early testing and treatment. So, everyone is encouraged to undergo an HIV test regularly with their partners to detect the infection early on.