By Kezia Agaba
Health rights activists have asked President Yoweri Museveni not to assent to the just passed HIV/AIDS prevention and control bill.
Parliament on Tuesday passed the bill, which provides for 10 years in jail for someone who intentionally infects another with HIV.
Speaking shortly after the bill was passed; Dr Lydia Mungherera who works with The AIDS Support Organisation said the bill is discriminatory and people will end up shunning medical help.
However, the chairman of the Health committee, Dr. Kenneth Omona defended the bill, noting that it will help in the fight
The contentious private member’s bill was introduced in parliament on April 30, 2010.
Clause 41 states that a person who wilfully and intentionally transmits HIV to another person commits an offence.
The ultimate penalty on conviction is 10 years in jail or a fine of Shs 5m or both.