Ethical and legal aspects of HIV/AIDS: The Indian scenario

Manoj Kumar Mohanty, G. Jahnavi, Ashwinikumar B. Sapate, M. Arun, Vikram Palimar

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Acquired immuno deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a major public health problem in India. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/AIDS has proved to be a multifaceted problem. AIDS is perceived as a disease of others of people living on the margins of society, whose lifestyles are considered perverted and sinful. Discrimination, stigmatization and denial are the outcomes of such values, affecting life in families, communities, work places, schools and health care settings, which results in violation of human fundamental rights. As a result of this, ethical and legal issues have cropped which are not easy to resolve. On one hand there is a need to promote human rights and dignity of the HIV positive people to avoid any sort of discrimination in their day-to-day activities and on the other there are issues regarding the safety of the people associated with those infected, for example, spouse who is likely to be in danger. This article attempts to briefly discuss the ethical as well as the legal aspects revolving around HIV/AIDS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-27
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of South India Medicolegal Association
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-03-2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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