Combating HIV/AIDS: Religious, law ministry to be consulted on bill

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ISLAMABAD: The first ever draft of the HIV/AIDS bill for the capital will be shared with the Ministry of Religious Affairs as a ‘precaution’ due to the ‘sensitive’ nature of the issue.

Members of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination (NHSRC) on Thursday referred the draft HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Bill for the capital to the health ministry for further review and asked them to consult the religious ministry.

The draft bill was tabled before the panel by Dr Azra Afzal Pechuho to be approved after detailed review. The panel was of the view that HIV and AIDS was a sensitive topic and it was difficult to talk openly about it due to the stigma attached to the disease.

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