Posted by: africanpressorganization | 13 April 2009

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS calls on Media partners to support the rights of People Living with HIV without discrimination or criminalization as a result of their infection

 


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The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS calls on Media partners to support the rights of People Living with HIV without discrimination or criminalization as a result of their infection

 

CAIRO, Egypt, April 13, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS)  calls on all media parties to emphasize in its messages that the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) cannot be transmitted through casual day to day activities- thus:

 

It is unacceptable to prohibit any person from employment due to a confirmed or perceived HIV status. Such violations of peoples’ right to work and to secure livelihoods will only lead to further discrimination and will force HIV to grow under ground while hampering the response.

 

From a Public Health as well as Human Rights perspectives, any HIV testing must be voluntary and should be accompanied by counseling. People living with HIV should not be segregated from society.

 

HIV infection is not confined within any specific group or within any particular sector. As per WHO/UNAIDS epidemic update, people living with HIV can be from any background or socio-economic level.

 

With more than 7400 new HIV global infections every day, the epidemic can only be stopped if new infections are prevented. This can only be accomplished by eliminating stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV and those affected. To maintain low HIV prevalence in Egypt, it is crucial to strengthen comprehensive prevention measures as well as protect the rights of people living with HIV

 

 

SOURCE : United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)


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