Table HIV bill, demand rallyists

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Almost six years after the Health Ministry prepared the HIV/AIDS Bill to protect the rights of patients, hundreds of victims and organisations fighting for the cause staged a rally in Mumbai on Friday. They demanded that the long-overdue Bill be tabled at the monsoon session of Parliament, lest it be forgotten amid the Rajya Sabha elections.

Stating that HIV/AIDS is not just a health issue but has emerged to be one of the most difficult social problems with victims facing stigma and ostracism, the Mumbai AIDS Forum protested the delay in bringing the Bill up for discussion.

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