Rights of people living with HIV

Page last reviewed 8.1.2024

Every human being has the right to live without discrimination or fear of discrimination. All actions that treat a person worse because of a personal characteristic are considered discrimination.

According to the Non-Discrimination Act, a person should not be discriminated against for any reason, including the following:

  • Age
  • Ethnic or national origin
  • Nationality
  • Language
  • Religion
  • Disability
  • Sexual orientation or gender identity
  • State of health, including HIV

For example, living with HIV should not affect your ability to get a job or studying. Health information is confidential equally for people living with HIV as for all other health related information.

What can I do if I have been discriminated against?

If you have experienced discrimination or inappropriate treatment you can get support in dealing with the situation from Hivpoint.

Depending on the situation, the discrimination or inappropriate treatment can be reported to different authorities. For example if you have experienced discrimination in health services, you can report the situation to the patient ombudsman, nondiscrimination ombudsman or the Regional State Administrative Agency.