On Confidentiality and Discrimination

Posted by Pozziepinoy on 9:17 AM

Since yesterday, Project Red Ribbon has been dealing with a client whose HIV status had allegedly been disclosed by a government worker of a government agency providing assistance to indigent people living with HIV (PLHIV) to her neighbors. This resulted to our client being evicted from her home because the landlord got scared that his family may contract the disease from our client. This resulted to our intervention and our consultation with a partner organization for legal assistance.



Confidentiality and HIV Law

 Republic Act No. 8504 or the Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998, Rule 7, Sec 41. clearly states about confidentiality:


RULE 7: CONFIDENTIALITY

SEC. 41. MEDICAL CONFIDENTIALITY

Medical Confidentiality shall protect and uphold the right to privacy of an individual who undergoes HIV testing or is diagnosed to have HIV. It includes safeguarding all medical records obtained by health professionals, health instructors, co-workers, employers, recruitment agencies, insurance companies, data encoders, and other custodians of said record, file, or data.

Confidentiality shall encompass all forms of communication that directly or indirectly lead to the disclosure of information on the identity or health status of any person who undergoes HIV testing or is diagnosed to have HIV. This information may include but is not limited to the name, address, picture, physical description or any other characteristic of a person which may lead to his/her identification.

To safeguard the confidentiality of a person's HIV/AIDS record, protocols and policies shall be adopted by concerned officials, agencies and institutions.


The Project Red Ribbon is taking this matter seriously to protect the rights of our clients.




QUESTIONS ABOUT HIV AND AIDS?
WANT TO GET TESTED?
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TRR HIV Hotline Numbers 


0928-908-6288
0977-131-2046
0906-389-2402
 0917-899-0473
0927-823-0300 
0917-932-3122
0916-216-2066

If you want to join a private HIV support group in Facebook, please add our Online Care Manager, Tomasito Ang Suta, or our Program Coordinator, Keren Augustin C. Blances and request to be added in the group. We have a lot of PLHIV, counselors, HIV doctors, advocates and supporters who you can talk to.






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