n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - An overview of some of the key legal developments in HIV / AIDS and the law - 2003

Volume 2004, Issue 14
  • ISSN : 1608-9693
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6751



South Africa has a strong legal framework that offers a high level of protection to people living with HIV / AIDS. Although the Constitution does not explicitly refer to HIV / AIDS , it does prohibit unfair discrimination on the grounds of disability. International jurisprudence has developed a broad definition of 'disability', which goes beyond so-called functional disability and has successfully accommodated HIV-related discrimination cases in Australia, Canada and the USA. It is likely that South African courts will ultimately do the same. <br>Employment legislation does refer specifically to HIV-related discrimination and prohibits unfair discrimination on the grounds of HIV status in the workplace. Pre-employment and employment HIV testing is prohibited, unless the permission of the Labour Court is obtained before to testing takes place. There are other laws, dealing with the provision of medical aid services, access to education and health care, that also prevent HIV-related discrimination. <br>Despite this, however, people with HIV / AIDS continue to suffer high levels of discrimination and prejudice. The disclosure of HIV status remains a fearful experience for many South Africans and may well be accompanied by violence and economic and social deprivation. <br>This article examines some of the most important cases that have come before the courts and other tribunals in 2003 and have sought to establish the rights of people with HIV / AIDS to live lives of dignity without fear.

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Article metrics loading...


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error