On the 7th of June 2011, the president of the Dominican Republic enacted Law 135-11, known as the “HIV/AIDS Law, the regulations thereof are still being finalised. This national law is the result of five years of multisectorial work, and although most of its articles are very progressive, at the same time it includes the criminalization of HIV transmission.
The most questionable parts of the law are to be found in the following articles:
Article 78: Obligation to disclose one’s sexual partner. Any person who knows that they are HIV positive and does not tell their sexual partner can be sentenced to two to five years’ imprisonment.
Article 79: Intentional transmission of HIV. Any person who intentionally transmits HIV, via any means, can be sentenced to twenty years’ imprisonment.
This law, and in particular the two aforementioned articles, promote the criminalisation, persecution and seclusion of people living with HIV in the Dominican Republic. It violates their human rights and contradicts a number of international agreements.
Join the campaign to amend law 135-11 (known as the HIV/AIDS law)
Send an e-mail or a letter to the Dominican Republic Embassy in your country, find the contact details here