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Comoros: A new law to protect HIV-positive people in the archipelago welcomed by UNAIDS

UNAIDS welcomes in a recent press release the new law in force since last June in the Comoros and to strengthen the protection of people living with the HIV virus in the archipelago.
The new law guarantees the free movement of people living with HIV and "prohibits any restriction to the entry, stay and residence" in the Comoros due to HIV status.
The Act provides inter alia the availability of drug treatment against HIV in the Comoros and foreign citizens carrying the virus in the archipelago.
The legal arsenal also ensures that inmates in detention centers of Comoros could benefit from services of prevention and treatment of HIV.
The mandatory testing for HIV as a sine qua non for access to employment and dismissal on HIV status are prohibited.
"More countries should follow the courageous example and inclusive of the Comoros, and to ensure that no one is denied opportunities because of its HIV status... Comprehensive prevention and treatment of HIV, programs supported by a favourable legal environment, will help make possible the end of the epidemic on the horizon 2030 ", highlighted Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé.

Anli Saendou

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