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Ondo Govt. Threatens To Jail HIV/AIDS Victims Who Infect Partners With Virus

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June 30, 2015 – Ondo State Government Threatens To Jail HIV/AIDS Positive Victims Who Infect Partners With Virus

The Ondo State government yesterday warned People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) against the spread of the disease, vowing that anybody caught would be jailed.

The government said the decision was in line with the HIV’AIDS Anti-stigma law, which prescribed a 10-year jail term, fine of N500, 000 or both for any person who by whatever means transmits HIV/AIDS to another person.

Explaining details of the law, which was signed last year, the Secretary to the State Government and Chairman, State Agency for the Control of AIDS (OSACA), Dr. Aderotimi Adelola, said the stigmatisation and discrimination discouraged individuals infected with the HIV virus.

Besides, he said anybody who discriminates against PLWHAs commits an offence and is liable to a fine of N100, 000.00 or imprisonment of six months or both.

Dr Adelola, who spoke at a sensitisation programme organised by OSACA in Akure, said: “Most times the rights of PLWHAs are violated, causing them to suffer both the burden of the disease and the consequential loss of other rights.

“Stigmatisation and discrimination may obstruct their access to treatment and affect their employment, housing and other rights.”

Commissioner for Information Kayode Akinmade said Ondo is the first state to have a law which addresses many aspects of HIV/AIDS.

He said the law would help reduce the rate of HIV/AIDS transmission.

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  1. queen

    June 30, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    I think u don’t hv what to do me ondo well…it won’t stop it…any body that got infected was there business and luck…cos for i not to get dat certain test must be carried out bf u decided to hv sex with someone…everybody is educated to know d risk involved…some pple don’t know their status…they will still transmit it..d solution here is a free hiv test should be carried out on anybody dat is sick so they can know there status and d risk involved spreading them…no body wants to die soon…so arresting u re making it can be framed for dis even if it was jst one nite stand…when some idiot can’t use protection…nigerian are killing themselves save d trouble of giving ur self headache

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