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Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) - www.gnpplus.net

Greek government repeals stigmatising law that contravenes human rights of people living with HIV

11/05/2015 - The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) and Positive Voice, the first national organisation for people living with HIV in Greece, welcome the news that the Greek government has repealed Health Regulation No. GY/39A, which contravenes human rights and has already deterred people living with and at risk of HIV from seeking testing, treatment and care services.

The regulation, “Amendments that Concern the Restriction of Transmission of Infectious Diseases,” was initially introduced and implemented in April 2012, and was used in 2013 to support the further marginalization of people, including people who inject drugs, sex workers and undocumented migrants, who are already stigmatized and criminalized. It gave the police the authority to detain people without due process for the testing of HIV and other diseases of public health importance, allowing them to violate bodily integrity and autonomy by use of isolation, restriction quarantine, hospitalization and treatment.

“The cancellation of the 39A Health Regulation was indeed great news, but we wait cautiously for the new public health control law, to see what measures the Greek government will take against transmittable diseases as a replacement for this policy. The impact of the regulation has been catastrophic for some people, and has already discouraged people from accessing the testing, treatment and care that people living with and at risk of HIV need. There is already much damage to be undone,” said Antonis Papazoglou of Positive Voice.

Suzette Moses-Burton, Executive Director of GNP+, said: “Whilst we are delighted that the regulation has been repealed, and congratulate all the advocates who have worked to bring this about, this serves only to underline the vital need for centrality of human rights in all programming. We remind the Greek government that good public health measures go hand in hand with upholding the rights of all, including people living with HIV.”

GNP+ collects and maintains a global scan of laws impacting on the HIV response, especially those relating to the criminalisation of HIV non-disclosure, exposure and transmission. See how your country measures up at: http://criminalisation.gnpplus.net/ .

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For more information, please contact:

GNP+: Victoria Clarke, External Relations & Communications Officer; vclarke@gnpplus.net ; +31214234114

Positive Voice: George Tsiakalakis, Advocacy & Communications Officer; gtsiakalakis@positivevoice.gr , +30210867572

Source: The Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+)

The Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+)

The Global Network of People Living With HIV (GNP+) is the global network for and by people living with HIV. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV. The vision is a powerful and united worldwide social movement of people living with HIV, with their leadership and voices at the centre of the HIV response. GNP+'s objective is equitable access to health and social services for people living with HIV by focusing on social justice, rights and involvement. This will be achieved through GNP's purpose, which is to promote the greater and more meaningful involvement of people living with HIV in programme and policy development (the GIPA principle). For more information, please visit www.gnpplus.net. You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.


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