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ajbabe
27th January 2012, 09:12 PM
Caregivers to persons living with HIV in the Ho Municipality are powerless in their efforts to rein in some clients whose --- lives point to deliberately infecting others with the virus.

The issue came up for prolonged discussions at the last of three workshops organized by the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA)-Ghana in Ho for Paralegals and Directors of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in HIV/AIDS, faith based women’s associations, beauticians and hairdressers, seamstresses associations and apprentices as well as chiefs and queens.

The workshops focused on challenges of violence against women and advocacy on women HIV/AIDS and inheritance.

A caregiver said he tried on several occasions to talk a client out of the practice to no avail resulting in babies born to that client and her partners testing HIV positive.

The caregiver said he was in a dilemma as to what to do to stop that client because of the injunction not to make the identity of HIV positive persons public.

He said some of the partners of his client were his friends but he could not alert them to his client’s status because of the likely legal implications.

Participants were unanimous in their view that HIV positive persons who engaged in sexual activities seen to be deliberately aimed at infecting others had lost the right to be protected against disclosure of their identities.

They argued that public safety must take precedence over the interest of those clients who appeared bent on causing harm to the larger society.

Some of them described the activities of such HIV positive persons as no less dangerous than “serial killers”.

A participant made reference to the United States of America where he said the identity of a person who was HIV positive was made public because that person allegedly engaged in sexual activities deemed to be against public safety. GNA