Rights that protect people living with HIV
Living with HIV still means that you have the same rights as anyone else, regardless of your HIV status. According to our South African Bill of Rights, people living with HIV have the same rights and responsibilities as any other South African citizen. So if you’re living with HIV, these are just some of the basic rights you have.
The right to a life free of discrimination
No one living with HIV should face discrimination at home, school, work, clinics or anywhere else. No one has the right to fire you or refuse you a job just because you’re HIV positive. You also have the right to education and no one can expel you from school or refuse to teach you because of your status.
The right to refuse testing
You shouldn’t be forced to get a test when you don’t want to - not by a healthcare provider, employer, school official or anyone else Choma. HIV testing for any reason should only happen with your consent.
The right to safe sex
Everyone has the right to insist that their sexual partners use protection to prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). It’s important to tell your partner about your HIV status upfront so that they are aware of their risk. Just as much as you, they also have the right to safe sex.
The right to privacy
You have the right to confidentiality Choma. No one is allowed to give out information about your HIV status without your permission.
The right to healthcare
You have the right to access proper healthcare treatment, respect from healthcare workers, as well as care and support at all public and private healthcare clinics and facilities.
Choma, at the end of the day, your rights do not change based on your HIV status. Just like everyone else, you have the right to enjoy a life free from discrimination or fear. If you feel like you’re being discriminated against simply because of your HIV status, call the HIV/AIDS helpline: 0800 012 322
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Remember, if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).
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