‘Transmitting HIV To Your Partner Will No Longer Be A Crime’-Says Govt
The Zimbabwean government is set to repeal a legal provision that criminalises the transmission of HIV/AIDS to a partner, Parliament heard yesterday.
This was revealed in Parliament by Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi during a question-and-answer session.
Zengeza West legislator Mr Job Sikhala (MDC-Alliance) had asked if Government was considering amending the law which criminalises the transmission of HIV/AIDS.
in his response Minister Ziyambi said
“When this legislation came into effect, the thinking then was that we need to control the spread of HIV by criminalising those who transmit it to partners willingly. But the global thinking now is that law stigmatises people living with HIV/AIDS and studies have shown that it does not produce the results that were intended. What the Ministry is going to do is to repeal that section of the law and ensure that we keep up to speed with modern trends in the world,”
Asked on the timeframe when he envisaged to make amendments, Minister Ziyambi said:
“I have acknowledged that we are going to do that and we are perhaps looking at introducing that amendment through the Marriages Amendment Bill that is to come. That is the fastest way to do it.
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