Kenya: HIV, Law and Human Rights symposium calls for repeal of Aids Control Act (Section 24)

  • The inaugural national symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights opened on Tuesday in Nairobi with calls on the Government to repeal the law which criminalises infecting a person who did not have the virus
  • HIV Equity Tribunal chairman Ambrose Rachier termed the Aids Control Act (Section 24) “counter-productive”, saying it will make people shun HIV testing
  • According to the law, Mr Rachier said those who wilfully infected others with HIV faced “stiff penalties” of up to seven years in jail