A crucial bill to ensure equal rights to people afflicted with HIV and AIDS in getting treatment, admission in educational institutions and jobs, was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
Responding to the debate on the bill, Union Health Minister JP Nadda hailed the passage of the bill. Saying today is a historic day because the government can now ensure better quality of life to people living with these diseases.
The Rajya Sabha passed the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014.
The Bill, moved for consideration in the House by Health Minister J P Nadda, prohibits discrimination against persons with HIV and AIDS, provides for informed consent and confidentiality with regard to their treatment, places obligations on establishments to safeguard their rights, and creates mechanisms for redressing their complaints.
The bill seeks to assure treatment to patients without stigmatising them and for action in the event of being denied treatment.
It also makes it obligatory for the Central and State governments to provide for anti-retroviral therapy (ART) and arrange for the management of risk reduction of vulnerable populations.