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MPs okay controversial clause on HIV/Aids Bill

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By  MERCY NALUGO

Posted  Friday, May 9   2014 at  01:50

In Summary

Once the Bill is passed into law, a person who will be convicted of such an offence faces up to 10 years in jail or pays a fine of about Shs5 million or both.

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PARLIAMENT-Parliament yesterday approved a contentious clause that seeks to criminalise the intentional spread of HIV/Aids amidst protests from health rights organisations and the civil society.

The controversial Clause 41 on the HIV/Aids Bill which, was unanimously supported by the MPs, says a person who wilfully and intentionally transmits HIV/Aids to another person commits an offence.

What it means
Once the Bill is passed into law, a person who will be convicted of such an offence faces up to 10 years in jail or pays a fine of about Shs5 million or both.

But health activists attending Parliament as observers yesterday walked out in protest saying it was abominable to criminalise the intentional spread of HIV/Aids as this would discourage people from testing for HIV for fear of reprimand.

mnalugo@ug.nationmedia.com