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Report on the Violation of the Rights of HIV-positive People in Turkey in 2021

While the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on people living with HIV continued in 2021, rights violations, especially in the health sector, increased. Lack of adequate knowledge about HIV among health professionals, especially primary care physicians, avoidance of treatment, and discrimination against patients have resulted in people living with HIV facing major barriers to accessing health care.
Author / Editor:
Prepared by
Advocate İsmail Cihan Tuğcu

Contributor
Advocate Nazlı Fatma Gülel

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Publishing Date:
2022
Subject/Topic:
Right to Health
Language:
Turkish
Publisher:
Pozitif-iz Association
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10.11.2022

 

Regardless of the sector, although there is no medical or legal barrier for health professionals living with HIV to perform their work, health professionals living with HIV have been most affected by the opening of MEDULA.

Health workers living with HIV could not even apply to the infection services of the institution they work for because they were afraid that their diagnosis would become known without their consent and because they feared stigmatization and discrimination.

As a result of all these negative aspects, they had to go to another hospital or even to an institution in another city for their treatment and follow-up.

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