Should those with HIV/Aids be required by law to tell their lover they have HIV/aids?
I think anytime you engage in sexual relations with someone you should inform that person of any STD that you have.
Some countries have laws that violate the right
of young people living with HIV to decide whether
to disclose. Young people living with HIV can take
steps to protect themselves.
Some countries have laws that say people
living with HIV must tell their sexual
partner(s) about their status before having
sex, even if they use condoms or only
engage in sexual activity with a low risk
of giving HIV to someone else. These laws
violate the rights of people living with HIV
by forcing them to disclose or face the
possibility of criminal charges.
Strategies to protect yourself:
• Find out the specifi c laws in your country, visit The Global Criminalisation Scan - About the Global Criminalisation Scan and
read Verdict on a Virus (IPPF, GNP+, ICW) Guides and Toolkits
Verdict+on+a+virus.htm or speak to your service providers or local support group.
• Open communication and trust are important for healthy relationships. At the same
time, it is also wise to take steps to protect yourself from criminalization. The best
way to protect yourself is to share your status with your partner(s) before becoming
intimate (including kissing, oral sex or full penetrative vaginal and anal sex). New laws
criminalising the transmission and exposure of HIV to others are based on whether the
person living with HIV has disclosed their HIV-positive status to their partner(s) or kept
it hidden. If you have disclosed to your partner, it could be a good idea to keep ‘proof’
that you have told your partner about your HIV status.
• Demonstrate that you have taken steps to reduce the chances of your partner(s)
becoming infected. This includes choosing lower risk sexual activities, using condoms
consistently and adhering to your treatment (if you are on ART).
• Get involved in advocacy to change laws that violate your rights. Contact your local
network of people living with HIV.