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Republic Act 8504

Republic Act 8504 (R.A. 8504)

The Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998.

"AN ACT PROMULGATING POLICIES AND PRESCRIBING MEASURES FOR THE PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF HIV/AIDS IN THE PHILIPPINES, INSTITUTING A NATIONWIDE HIV/AIDS INFORMATION AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM, ESTABLISHING A COMPREHENSIVE HIV/AIDS MONITORING SYSTEM, STRENGTHENING THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL AIDS COUNCIL, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES".



Does PLHIV have rights?
According to R.A. 8504, PLHIVs have rights and these are as follows:
1. Compulsory HIV testing
It means that it shall be considered unlawful unless otherwise provided in this act which is 
the right to privacy of individual with HIV.

2. Provision of basic health and social services for individual with HIV.
Every PLHIV has access to all the basic health and social services in the country.

3. Anonymous Testing
It refers to an HIV testing procedure whereby the individual being tested does not reveal   his/her true identity. An identifying number or symbol is use to substitute for the name and allows the laboratory conducting the test and person on whom the test is conducted to match the test results with the identifying number or symbol.

4. Informed Consent
Refers to the voluntary agreement of a person to undergo or be subjected to a procedure based on full information, whether such permission is written, conveyed verbally, or expressed indirectly.

5. Medical Confidentiality
Refers to the relationship of trust and confidence crated or existing between a patient or a person with HIV and his attending physician, consulting medical specialist, nurse, medical technologist and all other health workers or personnel involved in any counseling, testing or professional care of the former, it also applies to any person who, in any official capacity, has acquired or may have acquired such confidential information.

6. Pre-Test Counseling
The process of providing an individual information on the biomedical aspects of HIV/AIDS and emotional support to any psychological implications of undergoing HIV testing and the test result itself before he/she is subjected to the test.

8. Voluntary HIV Testing
Refers to HIV testing done on an individual who, after having undergone pre-test counseling, willingly submits himself/herself to such test.
(For the approval by the steering group/ editor if the highlighted ones are form part of the rights of the PLHIV).


(last updated 14, Jul. '10) 


Last Updated (Friday, 30 July 2010 06:54)