UNAIDS condemns the illegal disclosure of confidential information of people living with HIV

PRESS RELEASE

Bangkok, Thailand, 29 January 2019 – UNAIDS joins the Ministry of Health of Singapore in condemning the illegal disclosure of confidential information of over 14 000 people living with HIV. UNAIDS welcomes the additional safeguards the Singaporean Ministry of Health has put in place against mishandling of information.

“The impact of a breach of data is potentially devastating for the affected individuals and their family and friends. UNAIDS will continue to call for stronger laws and policies to protect the right to health for all, including protection from stigma and discrimination, particularly for people living with and affected by HIV,” said Eamonn Murphy, UNAIDS Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific.

UNAIDS highlights the need for laws that protect people from invasion of privacy. All people have the right to access health services safe in the knowledge that their personal data is confidential and protected. UNAIDS also underscores the need for all governments to have policies which protect people living with HIV from stigma and discrimination, including in healthcare settings and the workplace.

The Ministry of Health has established a hotline to respond to concerns of people who may be affected by the breach: +65 632 59 220.


Contacts
UNAIDS Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific | Shona Wynd | tel. +66 8000 81525 | wynds@unaids.org


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