The need for spousal notification on HIV/AIDS

As the World commemorates International Women’s Day on 8 March, the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum takes this opportunity to discuss some rights that relate to women and some challenges that face women in Zimbabwe in the context of HIV and AIDS.

Given the increasing scale at which AIDS is spreading, it should become imperative that spousal notification becomes a requirement on the part of health practitioners. The benefits associated with spousal notification include: basis for positive living together, planning for the future and it becoming an accepted norm among health practitioners. The analysis mentions negative aspects as well, notably the possible breaking up of the family, among others.

In conclusion, it is argued, that with the ever increasing statistics of women becoming infected by HIV, it is vital that all sectors of society embrace the concept of spousal notification for the protection of the current and future generations.

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Design and development supported by HURIDOCS.