Staff at the Ikhutseng Community Clinic in Klipgat in the North West province, are forcing patients to take HIV tests and those who refuse are denied treatment for their ailment.
It is alleged that clinic staff began using HIV tests as passports to treatment after the Department of Health launched its massive HIV counselling and testing campaign in April 2010.
In the same vein, Jonathan Berger of the Aids Law Project, says compulsory HIV testing not part of any policy or law. Berger argues that under our law you can force someone to be tested only if that person is a sexual offender.
Treatment Action Campaign spokesperson, Caroline Nenguke, says she strongly advises patients to find out about their HIV status so that they can deal with the virus appropriately. However, Nenguke maintains that forcing patients into testing is ‘unethical’, adding that the patients should be treated for any sickness even if they did not take the test.
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