Ugandan civil society organisations have warned against criminalising the transmission of HIV/AIDS.
Action Aid Uganda’s Stella Mukasa, notes that, “Criminalising the transmission of the disease invokes stigma, discrimination and deters voluntary testing and access to treatment.”
Mukasa argues that applying criminal law to HIV transmission could result in women being disproportionately prosecuted and increase domestic violence.
“Women often learn that they are HIV positive before their partners and most likely, they will be blamed for bringing it into the family,” explains Mukasa.
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