MPs pass Bill that will make men test for HIV alongside their wives

A medical officer takes a blood sample from a patient. The new Bill if assented to will make it compulsory for men to test alongside their pregnant wives. PHOTO BY Abubakar Lubowa.

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Contentious. Under the Bill a person who knowingly spreads HIV will be handed a fine of Shs4.8 million or imprisoned for not more than 10 years.

If President Museveni assents to the new HIV/Aids Prevention and Control Bill, 2010, passed by Parliament yesterday, it will be criminal for a person to ‘willfully’ or ‘intentionally’ infect another with the HIV/Aids virus.
Under Clause 41(1), a person who knowingly transmits HIV/Aids to another shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine of not more that Shs4.8 million or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or both.


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