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Indian hospital’s insensitive treatment of woman with HIV is condemned

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3617 (Published 02 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3617
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. 1Kolkata

The treatment of a 30 year old pregnant woman with HIV at a hospital in India has been criticised by experts and health organisations across the country.

The woman went to the Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Medical College in Meerut to deliver her baby by caesarean section, and a sign indicating that she had HIV, with an “AIDS ribbon” drawn on it, was pasted to her bed.

The woman was infected with HIV by her husband and decided to keep the matter secret. Her friends and family members found out that she had HIV while she was in the hospital, which left them in “shock.” The woman was asked to clean up …

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