DOH: Disclosure of anyone's HIV status is illegal

Published June 28, 2021, 5:58 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

The Department of Health (DOH) said the disclosure of confidential information, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status of anyone is illegal.


It cited that Republic Act No. 11166 or the Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act guarantees the confidentiality and privacy of any individual undergoing the entirety of the HIV testing and treatment process.

“We would like to remind everyone that the confidentiality and privacy of any individual who has been tested for HIV, has been exposed to HIV, has HIV infection or HIV and AIDS-related illnesses, or was treated for HIV-related illnesses shall be guaranteed,” the DOH said in a statement Monday, June 28.

“It shall then be unlawful to disclose, without written consent, information that a person has AIDS, has undergone HIV-related test, has HIV infection or HIV-related illnesses, or has been exposed to HIV,” it added.

The DOH warned and reminded everyone that “disclosure of confidential information, such as HIV status, is illegal, and they can be charged in accordance with law.”

The Health department said violators are liable to criminal, administrative and civil sanctions and penalties.

A lawyer claimed last week that the late former president Benigno Aquino III had HIV.

The Aquino family said the former president died of renal failure secondary to diabetes.