The existing legal frameworks condemned behaviour such as anal sex, sex between men, and sex work, the PIAF report launched by Minister for Women Doctor Jiko Luveni in Nadi last month said.
“Public Health Acts also reflect mentalities of the colonial periods and these acts usually provide wide powers to public health authorities, impose heavy duties on infected people and others who must notify and take precautionary measures,” the report pointed out.
The acts rarely gave privacy to people who are subject to these provisions, PIAF said.
“These legal frameworks are outdated and are in many instances inappropriate for HIV. Most legal systems in the Pacific lack legislation that protects the rights of people living with HIV,” PIAF said.[If an item is not written by an IRMA member, it should not be construed that IRMA has taken a position on the article’s content, whether in support or in opposition.]