“People living with HIV face stigma and discrimination at every step: be it at school, hospital or workplace. The State has a charter to protect our rights, but we're fighting for its implementation. It's time the HIV/AIDS Bill is tabled in the Parliament, said Shaheen, president of Jeevan Mukhi, a network of HIV positive people.
He was speaking at a candlelight memorial event held at the government hospital here on Friday in memory of those who lost their lives due to AIDS and to support those who live with the disease.
Non-governmental organisations and vulnerable groups such as sex workers and homosexuals took part in the event. About 150 people participated in it. The event was held with the objective of eradicating the stigma attached to HIV/AIDS and bringing hope for those who live with HIV. District surgeon Geeta Namgoudar said as per Government charter, anyone found violating the rights of people living with HIV or discriminating against them, especially in hospitals, will face action.
Deepa Rose, community mobiliser, Karnataka Health Promotion Trust, spoke about the misconception that only sex workers spread HIV.