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Mandatory HIV tests blasted by British journal

Respected medical journal The Lancet published an editorial on Saturday criticizing the Greek government for reintroducing a regulation that gives authorities the right to force people that may be carrying infectious diseases to undergo tests and treatment.

“Regulations that stigmatize vulnerable and already marginalized groups are counterproductive since they are likely to deter people at risk of HIV from seeking testing and services,” said the British publication, adding that “the measures... seem more about political posturing rather than constructively engaging with public health.” The Lancet warned that: “Rather than tackling HIV ethically and effectively, Greece is storing up health problems for itself in the near future.”

Earlier in the week, Human Rights Watch had also slammed Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis for bringing back the regulation, which is seen as targeting migrants, sex workers and drug addicts.

Georgiadis pledged on Friday that the government would re-examine the rule but said it would be enforced until a new regulation is drawn up.

ekathimerini.com , Saturday Jul 13, 2013 (17:24)  
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