Times of India
02 December 2010
Despite several awareness campaigns by government and non–government organisations, HIV positives continue to battle social discrimination.
As the misconceptions surrounding the infection pushes the patients towards social and economic isolation, various organisations have demanded proactive action to support them.
A draft prepared for specific rights for children and women living with HIV infection was presented by social organisations to the health minister on the occasion of World AIDS Day on Wednesday.
"Women and children are the worst affected and exposed to exploitation at various levels. This draft has been prepared after an year long study of such patients and cover most aspects," said Brijesh Dubey, president, Rajasthan network for People Living with HIV/AIDS.
The draft has been prepared with the involvement of 18 social organisations and officials of the Rajasthan State AIDS Control Society (RSACS) under funding from the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF).
If the state government approves the draft, Rajasthan will become the first state to implement such a policy to protect the rights of HIV patients.
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