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born with HIV wants law revised
Nyangove, The Standard (Zimbabwe)
May 29, 2011
There is need
to revisit the law that stipulates that children under 16 cannot
get tested for HIV without the consent of either their parents or
guardians, a local HIV and Aids activist said last week. Speaking
at a two-day training workshop for journalists on TB reporting in
Kadoma, 23-year-old Brighton Marweyi, who was born with HIV, said
he endured several years of sickness after his parents died before
he could be tested.
He said the
law infringes on the rights of children, especially those orphans
that have no one else to take care of them.
for children is determined by the child's age but I believe
those children can be counselled and be told their HIV status,"
always be sick but I never knew why. When I was first told about
my status I was confused as to how I had gotten infected.
back I believed that children born HIV-positive could not survive
this long at all, but God does mysterious things."
was put on anti-retroviral treatment after being tested in 2004,
said although his parents and relatives knew he was HIV-positive,
they never told him.
He was only
tested after having turned 16.
always sick, suffering from so many diseases. I had asthma and other
difficult going to school because I was always sick.
I was in Form Two in Bulawayo I got severely ill and by that time
both my parents had died.
drug I was being given was Cotrimoxazole but I did not know why.
My elder brother knew that I was HIV-positive but he did not want
to tell me".
But Eunice Kapandura,
HIV and Aids Zimbabwe director said the law was designed to protect
the children's interests.
She said some
of the children would be too young to deal with the fact that they
he did not blame his parents for not telling him about his HIV status.
He said he had
no plans to date or marry as he did not want to "hurt another
was organised by the Southern
Africa HIV and Aids Information Dissemination Service.
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