New law on HIV testing in Botswana: The implications for healthcare professionals

Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine

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Title New law on HIV testing in Botswana: The implications for healthcare professionals
Creator Sarumi, Rofiah O. Strode, Ann E.
Subject Law, Human rights HIV-testing; Public Health Act (2013); Human Rights
Description Background: Botswana is one of the countries with the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world. Innovative HIV testing strategies are required to ensure that those infected or at risk of infection become aware of their HIV status and are able to access treatment, care and support. Despite this public health imperative, HIV testing strategies in Botswana will in future be based around the principles in the new Public Health Act (2013). The present article describes the HIV testing norms in the Act, and sets out the strengths and weaknesses of this approach and its implications for healthcare professionals in Botswana.Objectives: To compare international norms on HIV testing with the provisions governing such testing in the new Botswana Public Health Act and to assess the extent to which the new Act meets international human rights norms on HIV testing.Method: A ‘desktop’ review of international human rights norms and those in the Botswana Public Health Act.Conclusion: HIV testing norms in the new Public Health Act in Botswana violate individual rights and will place healthcare workers in a position where they will have to elect between acting lawfully or ethically. Law reform is required in order to ensure that HIV testing achieves the joint goals of public health and human rights.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2015-09-11
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/octet-stream text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajhivmed.v16i1.337
Source Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine; Vol 16, No 1 (2015); 4 pages 2078-6751 1608-9693
Language eng
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Coverage Botswana, — —
Rights Copyright (c) 2015 Rofiah O. Sarumi, Ann E. Strode