It is the first of its kind in south Asia, and will make India the largest country in the world to ban this kind of discrimination.
The legislation will make it illegal to discriminate against those living with HIV in the workplace; deny them access to education, housing and health care, or the right to stand for or hold public or private office. The legislation also bans businesses and other public places from refusing entry to anyone with HIV/AIDS.
There are also provisions where a person with HIV is not required to undergo an HIV test, medical treatment or research without their consent. An individual will also have the right to not disclose their status unless they choose to or if required by a court order.
There were more than 2.1 million people living with HIV in India in 2015, according to UNAIDS, the United Nations program which monitors global …
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